New York State Cracks Down on Drivers Speeding through Construction Zones – A WXXI News Article

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State and local officials gathered in Irondequoit Wednesday to talk about an effort to crack down on drivers who speed through construction zones.

Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said that speed-tracking cameras last year found three drivers going through a work zone on State Route 104 traveling at speeds which were the fastest recorded by the DOT’s Automated Work Zone Enforcement Program. The three vehicles went through the work zone at speeds of 139, 117 and 110 miles per hour.

Dominguez said that luckily, those vehicles didn’t hit anyone, but she said motorists have to be a lot more careful.

“We’re trying to raise awareness to all of the motorists here in New York state, they’ve got to put their phones down, they’ve got to pay attention, they have to recognize that there are people, members of your community working across the state to keep you safe, and you gotta do that in a work zone, you have to slow down,” said Dominguez.

Gov. Hochul and the DOT said that as a nearly $28 million dollar, two-year road construction project gets underway on Route 104, State Police will be doing extra enforcement, including a program where some officers are dressed as highway maintenance workers to identify and ticket drivers for a number of violations.

The project on Route 104 goes between Ridgeway Avenue in Rochester and Culver Road in Irondequoit.

“We’ve partnered with the New York State Police and local law enforcement around the state where they go in dressed as highway maintenance workers, and are pulling people over for all different kinds of violations,” said Dominguez, “and it has raised awareness significantly about, about this whole issue of speeding through work zones.”

John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: or (516)462-7051

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Randy Gorbman is WXXI’s director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association, and is currently a member of its board of directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his bachelor’s degree in communication from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his master’s degree in liberal arts from SUNY Empire State College.

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by WXXI (Randy Gorbman) and was published on April 18th, 2024. To view the full article, please click here.