Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Slow-moving vehicle speed limit raised to 39 mph

Effective Wednesday, slow-moving vehicles such as farm tractors and other equipment will be able to travel at higher speeds on New York roads. Changes to Subdivision 36 of Section 375 of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law raises the speed at which slow-moving vehicles can travel from 25 ...

Insurers, regulators monitor cellphone distractions

Last week’s column discussed elements of the distracted driving report by Zendrive, a traffic-data startup. The report makes it clearer and clearer each year that millions of Americans can’t stop themselves from talking, texting, livestreaming and, yes, even using FaceTime while ...

Phone addicts are the most dangerous threat on the road

Phone Addicts are glued to their phones, so they’re more distracted, more dangerous, and more likely to cause a crash than even drunk drivers. They pick up their phones four times more than the average driver, use their phone six times longer than the general population, and are on the road ...

U.S. Route 11 vs. state Route 11

Fact! There is no state Route 11. But, you argue, we have state Route 11 in Franklin County. Well, not really. We only make the mistake of erroneously designating U.S. Route 11 as state Route 11. So, who’s guilty of this? Everyone that refers to Route 11 as state Route 11, including the ...

Transportation consultant brings new ideas

Is Malone a village that is easy to walk in? Is it a bikable village? Is it a village that outsiders might want to visit? These were some of the questions that Mark Fenton, public health, planning and transportation consultant, asked of the public officials and local business people during his ...

Analysis of a collision

Last week’s article promoted the concept that crashes on our highways are not really accidents, which implies that nothing could have been done to prevent the incident from happening. It makes more sense to call them crashes or collisions, which is what they really are. Take a good look at ...

Drop the ‘A’ word

Roadway fatalities are soaring at rates not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers. The operative words here are “caused by drivers.” So don’t call them accidents anymore! This is the position of a growing number of safety advocates, ...

Intelligent speed adaptation possible solution to speeding problem

Last week’s DYK article discussed the neglected problem of speeding. Now, Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) may be a solution that will save lives and prevent serious injuries. According to Wikipedia, intelligent speed adaptation uses information about the road to determine the required ...

Speeding: a neglected problem

Speeding is a factor in the deaths of approximately 10,000 people each year in the U.S., but the problem isn’t being addressed comprehensively. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Governors Highway Safety Association convened a speeding forum in April with a diverse group of ...

New drivers need experience for proficiency

Every driver starts off as a beginner. Over time, and through driving experience, one learns to be a better driver. But from the day one gets one’s driving permit to when one has the confidence and experience to be considered a proficient driver, there is much learning to be ...

Autonomous vehicles tested in The Villages, Fla.

There’s a lot of discussion, including in several of these “Did You Know” articles, about autonomous vehicles. Voyage Auto, a California-based company, is now test-driving its second-generation car, two Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, in The Village of Virginia Trace, Florida. The ...

Distracted driving — every driver is guilty

Are you a distracted driver? Absolutely “YES,” no exceptions. Distractions are everywhere and are constant. They can be as simple as looking for the button to turn on the radio, windshield wipers, headlights or looking at anything along the side of the street or road, to more complex ...

Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high

The number of pedestrians killed along U.S. roadways last year climbed to the highest level since 1990, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That report determined that about 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 — a 4 ...

Slow moving vehicle symposium addresses safety

A March 6 symposium held in Syracuse presented information on the requirements under state Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) as applicable to slow-moving vehicles, including Amish buggies. This article will present some of the do’s and don’ts that involve slow moving vehicles including farm ...

Roundabouts on the rise — intersection of choice

Numerous local residents winter in Florida, many in The Villages, including some friends of mine. One of them sent me a very interesting article about roundabouts there, and I wanted to share some of the information from that article. Armed with mounting data touting the benefits of ...

Headlights with adaptive-driving beam coming

A potential change to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for headlights would allow auto manufacturers to begin incorporating adaptive-driving-beam headlights in the vehicles they sell in the U.S., according to an article in a recent issue of “Status Report” from the Insurance ...

Limits on teen drivers possible with Ford system

This article is not an endorsement of Ford vehicles but rather an example of how technology can be used to place certain limits on teen drivers. Some vehicles come equipped with systems that allow parents to monitor their child’s driving or control things like top vehicle speed and sound ...

Pot use limits when driving a major dilemma

At what point is someone too high to get behind the wheel? The answer is complicated. Brain scientists and pharmacologists don’t know how to measure if and to what extent marijuana causes impairment. In an article by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser ...

‘You are not invincible’

Last week’s article was about the need for a cultural change on how we view speeding as a major factor in crashes, injuries and fatalities. Today’s article ties into last week’s with an emotional letter from an arresting police officer to a teen driver caught speeding at 100 mph. The Ohio ...

Speeding needs a cultural change

All through our driving lives we have heard that speed kills but we all still speed — some drivers sometimes, others most of the time. We know that speeding is a persistent factor in nearly one-third of crash-related deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group ...