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"Operation Work Brake" leads to 1,400 New York speeding tickets

A recent five-day enforcement campaign coordinated by the New York State Thruway Authority and State Police resulted in issuance of hundreds of traffic tickets to New York motorists. Authorities launched "Operation Work Brake" in July to bring attention to the dangers that workers face in construction zones.

A State Patrol Troop Commander announced in a government press release that state troopers would be "out in full force" monitoring construction zones for speeding as well as aggressive, careless or distracted driving. The campaign coincided with the height of summer road construction season.

The Thruway Authority announced soon after the campaign concluded that State Police had issued 1,400 speeding tickets, up from just over 1,354 during a similar effort, "Speed Week," in July of 2011. In addition to reminding drivers of risks to construction workers, the campaign also emphasized that traffic fines double when the driver is cited in a work zone.

Drivers who receive speeding tickets should understand the full range of consequences, including fines, increased car insurance rates and an enduring black mark on their driving records. Various circumstances surrounding the traffic stop can influence how many points a driver receives against his or her driver's license, and a speeding tickets defense lawyer can explain the importance of appearing in traffic court to help resolve the matter.

Not only can a speeding ticket in a work zone be very expensive - it can also lead to enhanced penalties for future offenses. Motorists who are pulled over for speeding and simultaneously cited for driving without insurance or having an expired license face even steeper challenges.

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