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Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Should state lower limit for drunken driving to .05?

Several New York state lawmakers want to lower the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drunken driving to .05 to combat a surge in alcohol-related crashes on New York roads since the start of the pandemic. Federal safety experts say lowering the legal limit to a .05 BAC would save ...

Teen driver safety ranks high in NY

In a recent news release from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, a nationwide survey — which examined the teen-driving environment in each of the 50 states by using a collection of 23 key metrics — found New York state was ranked the safest in the nation for teen drivers. The study ...

Congestion pricing: Are we ready for it in the US?

Congestion pricing, or congestion charges, is a system of surcharging users of public goods that are subject to congestion through excess demand. Examples are higher rates during peak hours for use of bus services, electricity, metros/subways, telephones, and toll-road pricing to reduce traffic ...

Minivans get low rear seat safety ratings

Minivans are often popular for parents with young children, and ought to boast the safest second-row seating on the market. Instead, they’re lagging behind. None of the four 2023 minivans tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earns an acceptable or good rating in the ...

Speeding gets well-deserved attention

More than 12,000 deaths — 29% of all crash fatalities — occurred in speed-related crashes in 2021. High speeds make a crash more likely because drivers have less time to react and because it requires a longer distance to stop or slow down. They also make collisions more deadly because ...

Stay alert: Deer collisions peak in November

Although car-animal crashes occur year-round, November is the peak month for collisions with deer and moose. October and December are not far behind. In 2022, 41.5% of crashes between deer and vehicles occurred between October and December, according to a study conducted by the SUNY ...