Construction workers in road construction are among the highest rated for danger or death, so one state is sending police undercover to try to save lives—by dressing as construction workers.
“Operation Hardhat” is currently being conducted as part of a partnership between the New York State Police, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Thruway Authority.
The purpose of Operation Hardhat is to put alert troopers on the front lines of the construction zone, watching for motorists that are speeding, driving recklessly, texting while driving, or violating the Move Over law. The officers watching will then radio to a marked police vehicle who will pull over the offender. In the last operation, more than 1000 citations were issued.
“New York’s highway workers and first responders put their personal safety on the line every day to help ensure our roads and bridges remain safe and in good repair,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “As New Yorkers, we have a responsibility to keep these essential workers out of harm’s way – and that means slowing down, moving over and using common sense. We have zero tolerance for those who drives recklessly and endanger the lives of others.”