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Child restraint strap overlooked, misunderstood

July 8, 2013 A simple strap meant to prevent a child restraint from tipping forward in a crash is ignored by many parents. more »»

Commercial vehicle roadside inspections promote safety

July 1, 2013 On June 12, I spent four hours with Trooper Bill Collins of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit of the state police along with Jim Elvidge and Todd Thew of the state Department of... more »»

Risk associated with driving grossly underestimated

June 24, 2013 “We all have to die from something!” How many times have you heard that said? It is true that there will be a determined cause for most all human deaths, and most of us will be dead within 100 years... more »»

‘Slow down, move over’ law working better

June 17, 2013 Several recently effective vehicle and traffic laws that require motorists to slow down and move over when approaching emergency and hazard vehicles displaying flashing lights seem to be working... more »»

Centerline rumble strips coming to Franklin County

June 3, 2013 We are all familiar with rumble strips along the shoulders just outside the edge line of most interstate highways in the U.S. more »»

Sharing the road with bicycles

May 27, 2013 Recently, as I was riding my bicycle along Route 30, I met another rider that was riding on the wrong side of the road, facing traffic. more »»

Seat belt use better but still not good enough

May 20, 2013 While visiting our daughter and family in Charlottesville, Va., a newspaper article about rural Virginia lagging in use of seat belts caught my attention. more »»

Autoroute 30 an alternative way to Montreal

May 13, 2013 Several weeks ago in this weekly article on traffic law and traffic safety, I discussed how the on-going reconstruction of the Mercier Bridge to Montreal would affect traffic this summer. more »»

Beefed up enforcement of passing stopped school buses

May 6, 2013 A three-day survey by the New York State Association for Pupil Transportation, conducted on March 1, 4, and 5 this year in which school bus drivers in five Franklin County school districts plus the... more »»

Mercier Bridge reconstruction this summer

April 15, 2013 Because most Franklin County motorists use the Mercier Bridge to get to and from Montreal, including the P-E Trudeau airport in Dorval, I try to give timely updates about the major reconstruction... more »»

I’m a good driver — no, you aren’t

March 25, 2013 There have been numerous studies in the United States and throughout the world on how drivers view their ability to drive and how they rate the ability of other driver. more »»

Intelligent speed adaptation

March 11, 2013 A new GPS for my vehicles has a feature that my old one didn’t — it lets me know when I am exceeding the speed limit by comparing my speed with the speed limit for most roads and highways. more »»

Failure to obey a traffic control device explained

March 4, 2013 Often motorists are stopped for speeding, but rather than a ticket for that offense, the arresting officer may issue a ticket for “failure to obey a traffic control device. more »»

Corrections warranted in the 20-question quiz

February 15, 2013 (Editor’s note: Starting Feb. 25, Dave Werner’s “Safety on the Roads” will move to Mondays. more »»

Test your vehicle and traffic law IQ — Round 3 (answers)

February 9, 2013 Last week we presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the tes. more »»

Test your vehicle and traffic law IQ — Round 3

February 2, 2013 For two consecutive years at about this time, we issued a column with 20 questions on Vehicle and Traffic Law and traffic safety, and gave you an opportunity to answer them. more »»

Consider this when exceeding the speed limit

January 26, 2013 If there is a driver that doesn’t speed at least sometimes, I’d like to meet him/her. I don’t believe such a driver exists. more »»

Interstate 781 at Fort Drum now open

January 18, 2013 Interstate 781, also known as the “Fort Drum Connector,” is now open and will make the connection between U.S. Route 11 and Interstate 81 in the vicinity of Watertown a bit faster and safer. more »»

Crashes are not caused by snowy roads

January 12, 2013 Many drivers may not like the gist of this article, but as we enter the winter driving season, we need to be aware that it is not the snow and icy roads that cause crashes, but rather stupid drivin. more »»

A day with the snowplow drivers

January 5, 2013 As the writer of these weekly articles on traffic law and safety, sometimes I get to do interesting things. On Dec. more »»



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