January marks the fifth anniversary of "Did You Know" articles on vehicle and traffic law and traffic safety.
These weekly articles are written by the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board's vice-chairman, Dave Werner. Before the articles are distributed, they are reviewed and approved by state police Troop B Traffic Sgt. Brian Goetz and Franklin County Sheriff and former state police traffic Sgt. Kevin Mulverhill.
Articles involving other agencies, such as the state Department of Transportation, are approved by that agency as well. Every effort is made to insure accuracy and completeness before the articles are released.
In Franklin County, you find these articles weekly in the Malone Telegram (Mondays) and in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saturdays). However, they are sent electronically well beyond Franklin County. Media receiving these articles include the Tupper Lake Free Press, Time-Warner, WICY radio, the internet outlets of NewzJunky and NorthCountryNow, and occasionally the Press-Republican.
Additionally, the articles are sent to traffic safety boards in the following counties: Westchester, Orange, Clinton, Ulster, Livingston, Essex, St. Lawrence, Rockland, Dutchess, Onondaga, and Geneseo. They also go to the Federal Highway Administration, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, the Safety Council of Central New York, and several other agencies and organizations.
The articles may also be found on the Franklin County's website at www.franklincony.org and can be researched at this site by going to the Traffic Safety Board under Departments and clicking on the "Did You Know articles" which appear alphabetically by title and include the date the article was released to the media.
And just how difficult is it to find enough material to write a weekly article about traffic law or traffic safety? I wasn't sure what to expect at the beginning of this program five years ago, but after more than 250 articles, there is no lack of topics to write about. Ideas come from reading through the state manual of Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. I also get ideas from my observations while driving, members of the Traffic Safety Board, friends and family, emails from readers, changes in vehicle and traffic law, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and sometimes just common sense things.
The one common theme throughout the articles is that they have something to do about traffic law and/or traffic safety. I welcome suggestions from everyone. It doesn't mean I will write about everything suggested, but if it is of interest to you, it just might be of interest to others.
Traffic law and traffic safety is much like the weather. It affects just about everyone, and therefore should be of interest to most people. Writing about traffic has certainly increased my knowledge of traffic laws and traffic safety. Hopefully, the articles do the same for you. I welcome your ideas, comments and questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, thank you for being a reader of this column.