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History of the nation’s highway system

October 27, 2014 Have you ever thought about our nation’s highways and the numbering system used? Most drivers are aware that the numbering system on interstate highways follows some logic, but beyond that, we reall... more »»

DWI sanctions to increase Nov. 1

October 13, 2014 Driving-while-intoxicated laws and sanctions are tough in New York state, and with the signing by Governor Cuomo of what is known as Vince’s Law, sanctions will get even tougher. more »»

Teen crashes —?fall graduated licensing credited

October 6, 2014 Some good news in the world of driving for a change —?U.S. teenagers are crashing less often. more »»

Speed limits set by DOT, not towns

September 29, 2014 In New York state, the statutory speed limit on all roads is 55 mph unless otherwise posted on an authorized regulatory sign. more »»

‘Sharrows’ — new highway symbol

September 15, 2014 Nationwide efforts to incorporate bicyclists in any new road project are finding their way into Franklin Count. more »»

A look inside the traffic safety board

September 8, 2014 The Franklin County Traffic Safety Board (TSB) was created in 1971 under provisions of Article 43 of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. more »»

Don’t ‘drive’ in a center turn lane

August 25, 2014 If you only want to read the first sentence of this article, then here’s the main point: Don’t drive more than two to three car lengths in the two-way left-turn lane. more »»

Distracted driving —?escalating problem

August 18, 2014 Distracted driving is a huge problem —?we all recognize that. But, what can we do about it? We can’t just “engineer” it away. more »»

Ball-bank indicator used to set curve advistory speeds

August 11, 2014 Ever wonder just how the suggested speed through a curve is determined? Establishing the proper advisory speed for a curve is a critical step in ensuring the safety of our roadways. more »»

Is it worth the pass?

August 4, 2014 Passing is something all drivers have to do on occasion. When we are driving on a four-lane road, it can be fairly easy and not particularly stressfu. more »»

Case study interesting, VTL complex

July 28, 2014 A recent collision in a crosswalk in the village of Malone (although it could be in any village) gives a glimpse of just how complex Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) can b. more »»

No accidents — just crashes or collisions

July 21, 2014 When a motor vehicle hits another motor vehicle, when a driver loses control while negotiating a curve or when a vehicle skids off a snow-covered road, they are called “accidents. more »»

Center turn lanes still incorrectly used

July 14, 2014 Center, or “two-way left-turn” (TWLT) lanes, have been part of pavement markings for decades. They are prevalent in Franklin County’s three largest villages and are common in every city I know o. more »»

Rearview cameras helpful, but backing is still dangerous

July 7, 2014 Many vehicles are now equipped with a rearview camera, which shows the most promising technology for avoiding back-up collisions. more »»

Enforcement key to modifying driver behavior

June 30, 2014 You are a passenger in a car being driven by a friend of yours. As the two of you are driving along, your friend receives a call on his cell phone, taking it out of his pocket to answer the call. more »»

Have a traffic question? Contact us

June 23, 2014 My first article about Vehicle and Traffic Law and traffic safety was issued in January 2007. more »»

State police combat traffic violations

June 16, 2014 Eight thousand seven hundred forty one —?this is the number of traffic tickets written in 2013 by New York State Police in Franklin County, according to Major Rick Smith, Commander of Troop B in a... more »»

Share the road with bicycles — know the laws

June 9, 2014 Bike riding time is here, but far too many bike riders are not obeying the laws designed to make riding safer. more »»

Students savvy about distracted driving

June 2, 2014 On May 22, the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board held its annual awards breakfast, where recognition is given to the top enforcement officers from each enforcement agency in the county. more »»

Keeping teens safe — what can parents do?

May 26, 2014 Last week’s “Safety on the Roads” column was about keeping teen drivers safe, listing the characteristics of teen drivers that are contributing factors in their above-normal crash rate, and... more »»



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