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Overtaking a bicycle safely requires separation

August 10, 2015 Section 1122-a in Vehicle and Traffic Law is about what a motorist must do when overtaking a bicycle from behind. It’s short and, unfortunately, somewhat vague. more »»

Safety pyramid shows how to reduce fatalities

August 3, 2015 When we discuss traffic safety, we try to find ways to reduce fatal crashes, which kills over 33,000 people every year in the United States. more »»

Passing and no-passing zones explained

July 27, 2015 A question I am frequently asked is about passing and no-passing markings on our highways. more »»

U-turns allowed, except where they’re not

July 20, 2015 I recently received an inquiry from a Lake Placid resident who observed several motorists making a U-turn at an intersection in that village and questioned whether this was legal. more »»

Graduated licensing benefits showing results

July 13, 2015 Graduated licensing, which first began in Florida in 1996, gradually introduces new teenage drivers to the driving task as they mature and develop on-the-road skills. more »»

Farm vehicle operators need motorists’ cooperation

July 6, 2015 On June 19, I met with Trudy and Vincent Bilow, owners of Bilow Farms on the Brainairdsville Road (Franklin County Route 24), regular readers of this weekly column, and two of their employees at... more »»

Texting dangers described by student award winner

June 29, 2015 Last week’s “Safety on the Roads” article, the second in a series of three, described the dangers of drinking and driving by Kierstyn Miller, a Franklin Academy student just completing her junior... more »»

Student has insight into dangers of drinking and driving

June 22, 2015 Last week’s column was an award-winning essay by Dan Shafer of Franklin Academy in Malone about the importance of using seat belts. more »»

Students savvy about importance of seatbelts

June 15, 2015 On May 21, the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board held its annual recognition breakfast for outstanding performance by enforcement officers from the various police agencies in the county. more »»

Want to see litter along highway, try riding a bike

June 8, 2015 If you think you see a lot of litter along our roads and highways as you drive, try riding a bicycle. more »»

Say something — they may not know!

June 1, 2015 The more we perform any task the better we get. That’s why athletes practice, practice, and practice some more. For the most part, the same holds true for driving. more »»

Multiple signal heads required on all signals

May 18, 2015 In a recent “Safety on the Roads” column, titled “Confusion at Intersections Clarified,” it was stated that multiple signal heads don’t necessarily mean multiple lanes; and went on to state that it... more »»

Bicycle laws — know and obey them

May 11, 2015 Bike riding time is here, but far too many bike riders are not obeying the laws designed to make riding safer. more »»

Looked but did not see — problem for older drivers

May 4, 2015 Ever hear someone say, after being in a fender bender crash, “I looked but didn’t see him coming?” Actually this is more common than you might expect, especially for older drivers. more »»

Pedestrians crossing: Vehicles yield!

April 27, 2015 It’s April, winter is behind us, warmer weather is here, and so are pedestrians. more »»

Risks of safety: We worry about the wrong things

April 20, 2015 The recent crash of the Germanwings’ A-320 aircraft that killed 150 people, a horrible tragedy, has people talking again about the dangers of flying. more »»

Does it matter if your team wins or loses?

April 13, 2015 Do you like sports? Now, if I have your attention, at least this far, you must be wondering what this has to do with traffic safety. Good question, but the answer is in an article from the Jan. more »»

Confusion at intersections clarified

April 6, 2015 Several questions about right-of-way at stop-sign controlled intersections were recently brought to my attention. more »»

Accident versus crash — is there a difference?

March 30, 2015 In our everyday language, most people refer to incidents when a vehicle hits another vehicle or an object along the roadside, as “accidents”, but is this term really descriptive? In traffic safety,... more »»

First move forward reduces backing crashes

March 16, 2015 Did you know that the average driver operates a vehicle in reverse for only about one mile annually, yet statistics show that 25 to 30 percent of all crashes occur while vehicles are backing up? ... more »»



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