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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 »»

Risk associated with driving grossly underestimated

June 24, 2013 “We all have to die from something!” How many times have you heard that said? It is true that there will be a determined cause for most all human deaths, and most of us will be dead within 100 years... more »»

‘Slow down, move over’ law working better

June 17, 2013 Several recently effective vehicle and traffic laws that require motorists to slow down and move over when approaching emergency and hazard vehicles displaying flashing lights seem to be working... more »»

Centerline rumble strips coming to Franklin County

June 3, 2013 We are all familiar with rumble strips along the shoulders just outside the edge line of most interstate highways in the U.S. more »»

Sharing the road with bicycles

May 27, 2013 Recently, as I was riding my bicycle along Route 30, I met another rider that was riding on the wrong side of the road, facing traffic. more »»

Seat belt use better but still not good enough

May 20, 2013 While visiting our daughter and family in Charlottesville, Va., a newspaper article about rural Virginia lagging in use of seat belts caught my attention. more »»

Autoroute 30 an alternative way to Montreal

May 13, 2013 Several weeks ago in this weekly article on traffic law and traffic safety, I discussed how the on-going reconstruction of the Mercier Bridge to Montreal would affect traffic this summer. more »»

Beefed up enforcement of passing stopped school buses

May 6, 2013 A three-day survey by the New York State Association for Pupil Transportation, conducted on March 1, 4, and 5 this year in which school bus drivers in five Franklin County school districts plus the... more »»

Mercier Bridge reconstruction this summer

April 15, 2013 Because most Franklin County motorists use the Mercier Bridge to get to and from Montreal, including the P-E Trudeau airport in Dorval, I try to give timely updates about the major reconstruction... more »»

I’m a good driver — no, you aren’t

March 25, 2013 There have been numerous studies in the United States and throughout the world on how drivers view their ability to drive and how they rate the ability of other driver. more »»



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