Deputies will wear hard hats

WARSAW — The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office will be joining NYS Department of Transportation for “Operation Hardhat,” a special detail that focuses on traffic violators near work zones.

The detail is to show the importance of safe driving practices in active construction and maintenance work zones across the state.

Members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies within Wyoming County will patrol active work zones from Monday to Friday. Deputies will be present within the work zones, dressed as highway maintenance workers, to ticket motorists who disobey flagging personnel, speed through the work zone or violate the state’s Move Over Law, which applies to emergency and work vehicles.

The NYS DOT recently launched a public service announcement highlighting the importance of moving over in construction work zones across the state.

New York’s Move Over Law requires motorists to carefully slow down and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and construction and maintenance vehicles stopped along the roads.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and in accordance with the Work Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

Work zone safety tips can be found at www.ny.gov/programs/work-zone-safety-awareness.

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