CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7546
|FOR RELEASE: December 5, 2013||
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065
WEB SITE: www.ct.gov/dot
“The safety of our workers is of primary concern, especially when they are exposed to high speed traffic in our work zones. There is little room between them and vehicles that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, traveling at speeds at or above the legal speed limit. We continue in our efforts to engineer and use better traffic control devices to protect these workers and to provide guidance through these areas that is easily understood and reasonable for the traveling public. We need to make sure people realize that we mean business when it comes to enforcing the work zone laws that are in place,” said DOT Commissioner James Redeker.
Operation Big Orange results through mid-October have included 1,672 speeding violations, 36 unsafe lane changes, 15 violations for following too close, and 57 for failure to obey the "Move Over" law signed as Public Act 9-121. There were also 924 other charges that included seatbelt violations, suspended licenses, unregistered motor vehicles, as well as cell phone and texting violations. Some of the stops included arrests for narcotics and reckless driving.
“The intent of these enforcement activities is to raise awareness and that we will not tolerate motorists violating the laws especially when they are occurring on our highways in work zones. The State Police and the local enforcement community take the safety of the workers as well as the traveling public very seriously. The more people obey the motor vehicle laws of this State the safer it will be for all,” said Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Reuben Bradford.