As the snow flies in Central New York this winter, motorists need to be careful on the New York State Thruway...or else they'll be ticketed. In fact, the crackdown has already begun.

State Troopers have already busted a few drivers since the New York State Thruway Authority adopted its first-ever "Lake Effect Snow Speed Limit" started on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Motorists have fair warning in the form of messages on electronic billboards posted along the Thruway on signs between Oneida County in the Mohawk Valley and Cayuga County in the Finger Lakes.

Here's the bottom line: We have to drive 55 in heavy snow, instead of the usual 65.

At least five tickets have been issued so far to folks who were driving at unsafe speeds based on snowy conditions. And all of them occurred in the Central New York region. So, be careful out there.

And we can only wonder what's next. The "Excessive Sunset Right in Your Eyes Speed Limit"?