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Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Work zone reduced speeds enforced

Road construction work is now under way for the next several months. With road work comes reduced speeds through work areas and often includes flaggers to control one-way traffic. All this leads to delays for drivers. Unfortunately, too many drivers still refuse to obey reduced speeds and flag ...

Few small SUVs excel in front crash prevention test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is updating its vehicle-to-vehicle front crash-prevention test to address crashes that occur at higher speeds and those in which the struck vehicle is a motorcycle or large truck. Only one of the first 10 small SUVs evaluated earns a good ...

License plate fraud a growing problem

Last summer I wrote a column about drivers who were using fake license plates or were purposefully obstructing their license plates to avoid paying tolls. Much of the focus around license plate fraud and “ghost vehicles” has been concentrated in the New York City area, which boasts a higher ...

Four-way intersections are most dangerous

Vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities occur on all types of roads in all types of conditions every day of the year. The sad fact is that approximately 100 people die every day in the U.S. and about three are killed daily in New York state because of traffic crashes. A significant percentage ...

Do car ads have to glorify speed, performance?

I do not record TV programs and watch them later, skipping through the commercials as many viewers do. Thus, I either watch the commercials or find something else to do while they air. For many years, though, I have wondered why the car ads seem obsessed with speed? Depictions of dangerous ...

Seat belt compliance in New York is good, but could be better

New research has revealed the states with the lowest seat belt use on the road, with New Hampshire coming out on top. And that’s not good. The study by Bader Scott, injury lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia, analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to see which ...