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Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Addressing the epidemic of pedestrian deaths

There are not many positive benefits of COVID-19, but one of them is the ability to view webinars from home presented by experts on various subjects free of charge. On April 12, I viewed a 90-minute webinar addressing the escalating increase in pedestrian deaths presented by the Maryland ...

Speeding, distracted driving tied to pandemic

The World Health Organization, or WHO, declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. By April 15, 2020, driving trips had fallen by 60%. According to a recent report by Cambridge Mobile Telematics of Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the same time driving trips fell, speeding risk jumped by ...

Three-wheeled motor vehicles

Certain, but not all, three-wheeled motor vehicles, also called autocycles or perhaps trikes — with two wheels in front and one wheel in the rear — may now be operated without a class M motorcycle license. Effective April 20, 2022, changes to vehicle and traffic law provide that a class D ...

Yellow crosshatch pavement markings

As drivers, we must be able to recognize and know the meaning of signs, signals and pavement markings. In general, we know the meaning of most of these, but with the pedestrian safety action project in Malone, now nearing completion, an interesting question has arisen — namely, is it ...

IIHS launches seat belt reminder ratings

Do you always wear your seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle? If you don’t, riding in a vehicle without everyone buckled up may get very annoying. Seat belt compliance in New York state is around 90%, but we should be at 100%. Research shows that more noticeable and persistent ...

Noisy muffler, exhaust system penalties increased

Effective April 1, New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) is amended to increase equipment violations and fines and penalties against motorists, inspection stations and repair shops that illegally modify mufflers or exhaust systems to make them excessively noisy. New paragraph 31(b) ...