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Don’t blame snow, ice for your crash

December 2, 2013 Now that winter driving is upon us, we have a bad habit of blaming snowy or icy roads for “causing” traffic crashes —?they don’t! Although we love to blame someone else or something else for our... more »»

Pet peeves — What are yours?

November 25, 2013 Everyone has pet peeves, especially as drivers. I would like to know what other drivers do that really bothers you. more »»

Two new Vehicle and Traffic Laws now in effect

November 18, 2013 There are two new Vehicle and Traffic Laws in New York state that motorists should be aware of. more »»

Distracted driving becoming No. 1 problem

November 11, 2013 I recently attended the annual state Highway Safety Symposium. This year many of the sessions were devoted to the increasing problem of distracted driving and what, if anything, can be done about i. more »»

Speed cameras: Should we use them?

November 4, 2013 Most of us are aware that cameras are used throughout the nation — mostly in larger cities — to reduce red-light running. In fact, more than 500 communities currently use red-light cameras. more »»

Two-way left-turn lanes still misused

October 28, 2013 Those center turn lanes, more properly known as “two-way left turn (TWLT) lanes,” have been in the Malone traffic environment for over 25 years, and more recently in the Villages of Saranac Lake and... more »»

N.Y. residents cannot register ATV or UTV in another state

October 21, 2013 All motorized vehicles registered to New York state residents MUST be registered in New York, and cannot legally be registered in another state for the purpose of circumventing New York state... more »»

Distracted driving and following too closely

October 14, 2013 Drivers tailgate — or, more formally, follow too closely — for many reasons. Drivers with aggressive or angry personalities, tight schedules or simply the desire to pass can be tailgaters. more »»

Muddled mix of safety issues relative to dying in a crash

October 7, 2013 In late June, this weekly article was all about people underestimating the risk of driving. more »»

Fatal bus-train crash reveals diverse safety laws

September 30, 2013 Shortly before 9 a.m. on the morning of September 18th an Ottawa transit bus drove through flashing red lights and crossing gates into a VIA rail passenger train leaving Ottawa for Toronto. more »»

Intersection protocol you may not be aware of

September 23, 2013 Consider this situation: You approach an intersection which is controlled by a three-color traffic signal. more »»

Pedestrians versus motor vehicles — know the laws

September 16, 2013 I haven’t written an article dealing with pedestrian rights since last year, and from feedback I have been receiving, it is time to review some of the applicable laws for both pedestrians and motor... more »»

Sanctions increased for cellphone talk, texting while driving

August 26, 2013 When new vehicle and traffic laws prohibiting hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving were enacted, the penalty originally specified two points on a driver’s license plus appropriate fine... more »»

Teens’ desire to obtain driver’s license declining

August 19, 2013 When I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait until I turned 16 and became eligible to get my driver’s license. Most of my friends felt the same wa. more »»

Mowing highway shoulders makes roads safer

August 5, 2013 Throughout the summer months, highway crews are often seen mowing the tall grass and weeds that proliferate along the shoulders of our roads and highways. more »»

All turns on red arrow are prohibited

July 29, 2013 I was recently asked a question about turning on a red arrow. The intersection in question was on state Route 37 at the Pyramid Mall just east of Massena. more »»

Headlight requirements reviewed

July 22, 2013 For many years New York State has required, by law, that a vehicle’s full headlights (not just daytime running lights, or DRLs) be on whenever windshield wipers are required for rain, snow, mist,... more »»

Passing on the right allowed in certain situations

July 15, 2013 Recently, while driving with a friend on Route 11 on the west side of Potsdam, where there are four lanes, I was just passing a slower driver that was driving in the left lane when he/she started to... more »»

Child restraint strap overlooked, misunderstood

July 8, 2013 A simple strap meant to prevent a child restraint from tipping forward in a crash is ignored by many parents. more »»

Commercial vehicle roadside inspections promote safety

July 1, 2013 On June 12, I spent four hours with Trooper Bill Collins of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit of the state police along with Jim Elvidge and Todd Thew of the state Department of... more »»

 
 

 

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