×

Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Cellphone laws present thorny problems

Cellphones present one of the thorniest problems that lawmakers must deal with, according to information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Once simple communication devices, they’re now cameras, GPS navigators, web browsers, game consoles, diet trackers, payment portals, ...

Midsize cars get low marks in updated side crash test

Only three of seven midsize cars tested earn good or acceptable ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) updated side crash test. The Subaru Outback is the only midsize car to earn a good rating. With somewhat higher levels of occupant compartment intrusion, the Hyundai ...

Heavy truck safety issues reviewed

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) final rule aimed at improving protection for drivers and passengers in a rear-underride crash will take effect early next year. Rear-underride crashes occur when the front end of a vehicle crashes into the back of a larger vehicle, ...

An opportunity to support highway safety

Drivers, here’s your chance to provide input to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This annual “Driver’s Opinion Survey” uses data for reports, programs, etc., to help ...

Pickup trucks fail IIHS seatbelt reminder test

In late March a “Did You Know” article explained how the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) launched a new rating system for seatbelt reminders that established a rating (good, acceptable, marginal, poor) based primarily of the volume, duration and timing of the audible ...

Enforcement frustrated with bail reform

With seven alcohol-related driving arrests — including three in Watervliet since May 3 — Brandon L. McKinley is known to Waterville police. And the city’s police chief wants McKinley to be just as known to the public. In a news article in the Albany Times Union on July 25, Watervliet ...