Governor proposes stiffer highway work-zone penalties
Feb 22, 2019 12:15 pm
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union drivers who endanger the lives of highway workers could face up to three months in jail and a $500 fine as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal to promote the safety of transportation workers statewide. The stronger penalties target drivers who are found to be guilty of unauthorized intrusion into active work zones. More than 600 vehicle operators were guilty of the offense between 2014 and 2017, according to the state Department of Transportation. “New York has zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of transportation workers in jeopardy,” Cuomo said in a statement. The governor’s proposed budget would also require the implementation of a public education and outreach effort to increase work zone safety and potentially reduce the number of incidents, which include speeding and unauthorized intrusions. Read the full story in the Times Union.