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Troopers dressed as construction workers ticket drivers on I-87

A state trooper dressed as a construction worker uses a radar gun to check for speeders Tuesday on Interstate 87. (Provided photo — New York State Police)

KEESEVILLE — State troopers disguised as construction workers issued 26 tickets Tuesday in the “Operation Hard Hat” initiative on the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) near the Clinton-Essex County line.

The New York State Police Troop B and state Department of Transportation announced the news Thursday. Operation Hard Hat is a joint initiative of the two agencies to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance zones. They say this initiative, like past ones, was successful, and they plan to do more later this summer.

The construction project the troopers patrolled Tuesday is at a bridge that carries Augur Lake Road over I-87 near Keeseville. Troopers issued tickets for a variety of violations, including speeding, use of a cellphone while driving, failure to wear a seat belt, and the “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to be extra-careful near vehicles on the roadside with their emergency lights on.

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