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Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Automated enforcement curbs dangerous driving

We all speed, almost continuously when we aren’t limited by slower traffic, yet most of us complain about other drivers speeding. Furthermore, it’s pretty common to observe other drivers running red lights immediately after they have changed to red. According to the Insurance Institute ...

Route 11 project will improve pedestrian safety

The Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is designed to improve pedestrian safety in the village of Malone. The $3.3 million project, along U.S. Route 11 from the airport and Walmart on the west to the fairgrounds (Andrus Street) on the east, will create ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ...

Higher speeds mean more injuries, fatalities

As drivers, we all seem to be in a hurry most of the time. Demands on our time dictate that we don’t want to waste time driving from A to B, so, we speed — ALL drivers speed if not most of the time, at least sometimes. Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to ...

Study: Marijuana legalization increases crash rates

More evidence is emerging that crash rates go up when states legalize recreational use and retail sales of marijuana. This should be no surprise. A recent webinar that I attended covered the most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute research showing ...

Sharing the road with other users

Most drivers are aware that bicycles may ride in the same streets and roads that vehicles travel on, and may also know that in-line skaters may also share the road with vehicles. What some drivers may not know is that there is a relatively long list of other road users that drivers must share ...

Parents wary of vehicle tech’s unintended consequences

Advanced driver assistance features have the potential to improve safety for young, novice drivers, but parents have mixed opinions about how to introduce such technologies to their teenagers, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. The dilemma that parents of new ...