Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Slow moving vehicle emblem illegal for driveway marker

The “Slow Moving Vehicle” (SMV) emblem is an orange triangle with a red border (see picture). It must be displayed on farm machinery and implements of husbandry and other machinery including road construction and maintenance equipment designed to operate at 25 mph or less while traveling on ...

Setting speed limits 101

Everyone wants a speed limit in front of their house but not in front of everyone else’s! This statement certainly seems to hold true for Franklin County. A number of recent requests to reduce speed limits at various locations further upholds the perception, if not the reality, that most ...

Headlights and DRLs vital to safe driving

Does your car have Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)? Do you use your high beams on rural roads at night? Do you know the applicable driving laws relative to mandatory headlight use? If you answered no, maybe, or don’t know to any of these questions, keep reading. As I wrote in the “Did You ...

1/3 of a football field, 7 car lengths, turn signals

What do the above have in common? The two distance references are approximately 100 feet; the connection with turn signals is a New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) requirement – that drivers must continuously signal a turn or a lane change for a minimum distance of 100 feet. Are ...

Practice driving tests helpful for new drivers

Are you a potential new driver? Before you can be licensed in New York state, you must pass a written exam as well as a road test. The written test for a Class D, M, DJ, MJ or E license examines your knowledge of the rules of the road, safe driving techniques, road signs and their meanings, and ...

Distracted driving? If you are guilty, stop it!

The National Sheriffs Association has excellent information relative to safe driving, and much of this information is published in its Driver Safety Issues newsletter, with links to driver safety information. In the May 12 issue was a link to an interesting article from TheNewsWheel.com, a ...

Alcohol a factor in pedestrian and bicycle collisions

When a pedestrian or a bicyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, the vehicle is almost always the winner. And, we tend to blame the driver for the incident and seldom ticket the pedestrian or the bicyclist. Of interest in traffic safety are the results of a recent study by ...

Fatalities, injuries continue in spite of Move Over laws

Slow Down, Move Over laws were first introduced in the United States in 1996, when the first Move Over law was introduced in South Carolina following the death of a paramedic who was struck at a crash scene. In 2012, Hawaii was the final state to enact such a law. New York was somewhere in ...

Smart choices important for new driver used cars

Do you have a teenaged student that is about to journey off to college? Are you and he/she contemplating buying a used car for that student? Then check out this article and do your homework before just going out and buying something that is affordable. The April 12 issue of Status Report ...

Chemical analysis testing for DWI

For a person arrested for driving while intoxicated, you often see two separate charges; in addition to the charge of DWI, you may also see a charge of “driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 of one percent or greater.” Essentially, both charges are the same, except the BAC of 0.08 ...

Standardized field sobriety testing for DWI

If you have had a few alcoholic drinks and then drive a vehicle, chances are you will do something that, if seen by a police officer, will give probable cause for pulling you over. This might be something like crossing the pavement lines, weaving within your lane, or a number of things that ...

Left lane hoggers frustrate other drivers

East Main St. Road (U.S. Route 11) on the east end of the village of Malone is a four-lane main highway. For eastbound (EB) traffic, there are two lanes from the Porter Road to the Brainairdsville Road (county Route 24), about 8/10 of a mile. For westbound (WB) traffic, there are two lanes ...

DMV report required upon accident

Recently a friend of mine’s car was hit while parked in a shopping center parking lot. An announcement in the store alerted her to the problem. Since the other person admitted to hitting her vehicle, and both were insured by the same insurance company, the only action taken by both drivers ...

Student awareness of driving dangers significant

On May 3, the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board held its enforcement recognition breakfast at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg. The purpose of this annual event is to recognize two officers from each enforcement agency in the county for their contribution to traffic safety through ...

Impaired driving crashes on state roadways

Last week’s article discussed Utah’s introduction of legislation, which, if passed, would lower the legal BAC limit for DWI from 0.08 to 0.05 in that state. This article explores a bit further into impaired driving and the profile of an impaired driver from the results of a study on ...

Utah considering 0.05 BAC limit for DWI

Under calls that it will save lives, Utah legislators sent a bill to the state’s House floor in February to make Utah’s legal blood alcohol limit for driving the lowest in the nation. It was approved in March and will become law if the governor, who says he supports the law, approves it. ...

Older-driver road tests cut crashes in Illinois

Normally, after obtaining a New York state driver’s license, it must be renewed every eight years and includes passing a visual acuity (eye) test. There are no old-age restrictions on licensure in New York; for example, you could be 88 years old and renew for an additional eight years, which ...

Traffic law enforcement stepped up for ‘No Empty Chair’

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the agency that funds the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board, has announced the “No Empty Chair” initiative for this April, which will encourage heavy enforcement that targets specific violations relative to the safety of students and teenage ...

(Photo provided — Dave Werner)

‘Children at Play’ signs are unnecessary expense

About a year ago a “Did You Know” article discussed the need for any highway sign to meet the following five criteria; fulfill a need, command attention, command respect, have one simple message, and give adequate time for proper driver response. The proliferation of “Children at Play” ...

Headlights getting attention from safety experts

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety launched headlight ratings last spring after finding that government standards based on laboratory tests allow for huge variation in the amount of illumination headlights provide in on-road driving. Nighttime visibility is critical to highway safety ...