Work Zone Safety Awareness


Work Zone Safety Awareness

Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement

Pay a Work Zone Speeding Fine

Motorists that travel over the posted speed limit in work zones will receive a Notice of Liability in the mail with fines attached.

Slow Down and Move Over

Use Caution in Work Zones

To ensure the safety of both motorists and highway construction and maintenance workers, New York State's efforts to raise awareness about Work Zone Safety aim to prevent work zone injuries and fatalities by encouraging alert driving through construction zones.

Motorists are required to slow down, be alert and drive carefully in all work zones. In addition, motorists are required to move over a lane if safely possible for all vehicles stopped along the road. This includes vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights that indicate emergency response vehicles, tow trucks and highway construction and maintenance vehicles. Failure to comply will result in significant civil and possible criminal penalties.

During 2023, there were 413 work zone intrusions on New York state roads maintained by the State Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority. A work zone intrusion is defined as an incident where a motor vehicle has entered a portion of the roadway that is closed due to construction or maintenance activity. Those crashes resulted in three fatalities and 144 injuries to highway workers and vehicle occupants.

Drivers must pay extra attention, adjust speeds accordingly and take every precaution in highway work zones to keep themselves and highway construction and maintenance workers safe so that everyone can go home safely at the end of the day.

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Work Zone Safety PSA
Work Zone Safety PSA

Slow Down. Move Over.

Work Zone Safety PSA Featuring Sally Deming
Work Zone Safety PSA Featuring Sally Deming

Improving Safety Within Highway Work Zones

Move Over Law

New York's Move Over Law requires motorists to move over a lane if safely possible for roadside displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights.

Flagger Safety

Flagging staff play a vital role in keeping everyone safe in work zones, yet have little protection from aggressive drivers. Flaggers have the same authority to direct traffic as signs, signals and police.

Safe Work Zones

Many factors contribute to work zone crashes, including speed, cell phone use, distracted or aggressive driving. These behaviors are discouraged when driving any road, but are especially dangerous in work zones.

Stay Informed


511NY connects motorists will real-time traffic and construction information to enable travelers to avoid work zones.

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