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Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

IIHS calls for safe system approach to speeding

The most recent annual tally of carnage on our roads is sobering: an estimated 43,000 people killed in 2021. That’s more than the year before, which was more than the year before that. Fatal crashes jumped during the pandemic, but we have been trending in the wrong direction for several ...

Test your vehicle and traffc law IQ (answers)

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law, traffic control devices and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the test and kept your answers handy. This article repeats the questions and includes the answers. See how you did. - True or false - 1. Turning left ...

Test your vehicle and traffic law knowledge

An annual winter feature of the weekly “Did You Know” columns is a 20-question quiz on vehicle and traffic law (VTL), traffic control devices (TCDs) and traffic safety. The first 10 questions are true/false and questions 11-20 are multiple choice. If you follow the weekly Did You Know ...

Which is safer, front or back seat?

Most of us have been taught that sitting in the back seat is safer than sitting in the front. That was true in years past, but is no longer true now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has done some crash testing and the results spotlight lagging protection for rear ...

New Year’s resolutions for all drivers

Many of us make resolutions at New Years in hopes of improving some aspect of our lives or perhaps for others. As most of us are drivers, with the assist of one of my friends who is a driver safety instructor and zone coordinator for Franklin, Clinton, Essex, St. Lawrence and Jefferson ...

Good news and bad news

In a recent news release by Zutobi about the increase in teen driving fatalities, there is some good news. More specifically, teen fatalities involving distracted driving has decreased. However, there is some bad news, as each year, thousands of teens lose their lives in car crashes, and ...