Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — New York State Police ticketed more than 1,900 motorists during its August “Operation Summer Brake” campaign.
The enforcement efforts held by the New York State Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T targeted the prevention of crash-causing behavior including aggressive driving, speeding and driving while intoxicated.
“The busy summer travel season has ended but “Operation Summer Brake” did its job by heightening motorists’ awareness of safe driving in work zones by ticketing speeders and aggressive and distracted drivers and by getting many intoxicated drivers off the roads,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “Safety is always our first priority and we are grateful for the dedicated enforcement efforts of Troop T.”
State Police Troop T Sgt. Thomas Ferritto said troopers play a prominent role reducing highway fatality rates in New York and issue more than 900,000 tickets each year.
He added that statistics show that troopers, while comprising less than 6 percent of New York’s total law enforcement personnel, make about 30 percent of all DWI arrests in the state, issue 47 percent of all citations for violations of seat belt and child seat laws and 55 percent of all speeding tickets.
“Troop T is focused on motorist safety every day of the year, and ‘Operation Summer Brake’ is a chance to highlight enforcement efforts and help all motorists drive more safety,”
Ferritto said. “We are particularly pleased to have the chance to educate motorists about the ‘move over law’ and protect maintenance workers, tow-truck operators and state