MCSO cracks down on work zone violators

FONDA— For a six-hour period Wednesday, members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the state Department of Transportation to perform a detail called, “Operation Hard Hat.”

A sheriff’s news release said the event took place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The release said there have been numerous accidents, fatalities, many complaints and some close calls with Department of Transportaion, Department of Public Works and highway crews all across Montgomery County and the state. Officials said this detail focused on distracted driving, disobeying work zone safety protocol and general violations of the vehicle and traffic law.

Throughout this period, there were 36 tickets issued to drivers for violations, two arrests made on warrants and many warnings administered.

Tickets issued ranged from failure to comply with a flag person, to no seat belt, cell phone use while operating a vehicle, equipment violations, uninspected vehicles, open container of alcohol and no driver’s license.

One arrest on a warrant was from Oneida County, Way Htoo, 23, was turned over to that county for failing to appear in court.

Another arrest was Francis Ponte, 58, on a warrant from the town of Mohawk for menacing and harassment.

“The safety of the employees working to repair our roads combined with the general safety for all of us traveling on our roads is imperative,” the release said. “Future details like this are likely.”