The Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is designed to improve pedestrian safety in the village of Malone. The $3.3 million project, along Route 11 from the airport and Walmart on the west to the fairgrounds (Andrus Street) on the east, will create Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewal…

Advanced driver assistance features have the potential to improve safety for young, novice drivers, but parents have mixed opinions about how to introduce such technologies to their teenagers, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows. The dilemma that parents …

In May a couple of these “Did You Know” articles, about positioning your vehicle correctly for right or left turns and traffic laws that are frequently violated, generated more feedback, but mainly about pet peeves.

I’m sure most of you have heard of the expression “couldn’t see the forest through the trees”, meaning it’s sometimes hard to see things that should be obvious. This applies to the task of driving, too. After a crash it is not uncommon for one of the involved drivers to say they never saw th…

Old-time drivers will relate to this article, but if you’re younger than 65 you may not have ever seen the Burma-Shave slogans along the highways in the U.S.

In most of our villages, and in all larger metropolitan areas, some or many intersections are controlled by signal lights with left turn arrows during the phases of the particular signal. In Franklin County, left turn signals are most often encountered on state highways. In most cases, where…

There are a number of vehicle and traffic laws that are violated frequently by both drivers and pedestrians. It may be because of not knowing the laws or it may be some other reason, but in today’s article I would like to point out, in no particular order, some of them that I see daily.

I recently had someone discuss a maneuver that perhaps many drivers perform poorly — namely swinging wide for turns. So, let’s review the proper positioning of your vehicle for turning right or left.

We’d like to ask for your vote on May 18, 2021 to re-elect Donna Kissane to the Malone Central School District’s Board of Education. We fully support Donna’s bid for the school board because of her proven record of advocating for the children of our community. Donna has proven time and time …

On May 18th, I’d like to ask for your vote for incumbent Malone Central School Board member Donna Kissane. This year was a year like no one could ever have imagined. There were so many positive members of our community that sat on committees, volunteering many hours of their time to sort thr…

The headline on the first page of the sports section in the Malone Telegram on April 24th read: “Former Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke dies in car accident at age 19.”

Pedestrian fatalities and injuries have been increasing at an alarming pace in the United States for the past decade. However, Malone pedestrians stand to receive benefits from a pedestrian safety project along U.S. Route 11 in Malone this year. A new feature planned for the project will be …

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The question of whether a driver can execute a right turn on red from an intersection where the cross street (or streets) don’t line up comes up from time to time.

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Now that nice weather is here, biking will be on the increase. It’s a great way to get exercise and enjoy our rural roads at the same time. But, biking can be dangerous, and contributing to this is lack of knowledge of applicable laws by both drivers and cyclists.

I had a recent inquiry to explain again the difference in the terms “no stopping, no standing, and no parking” and just what they mean. So let’s review exactly how Vehicle and Traffic Law views these definitions.

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If you are a regular reader of these weekly articles on traffic law and traffic safety, you know my position on backing crashes — we back our vehicles about 1/10 of one percent of the time yet backing crashes exceed 10 percent of all crashes. In other words, we drivers are not very good at b…

If you read these weekly articles, even occasionally, you will often find information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the agency that crash-tests vehicles just to see just how safe they are. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety assigns one of several safety ratings, so…

In August 2020, the CTIA, a representative of America’s wireless industry, reported that there were 442.5 million U.S. wireless subscriptions, up 20+ million year-over-year. The CTIA further reported that in 2019 consumers exchanged 2.1 trillion text messages, up 52 billion from the prior ye…

Crash rates for drivers in their 70s (that includes me) are now less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those in their prime working years, a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study has found. That’s a remarkable reversal for a generation of drivers once thought to b…

Malone AMVETS Post 8 Commander, Bruce Allen, reported that on the afternoon of Feb. 9, around 4:30 p.m. a house was on fire across from the AMVETS. Jeff Shatraw of Shat’s Grocery happened to be at the AMVETS and quickly acted and went to the lawn of the house and got the owner, Ann Purdy, ou…

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If you are a reader of these weekly articles on traffic law and traffic safety, you are aware that I never write about traffic accidents – I always refer to them as crashes or collisions. In fact, I have written full articles, the most recent one in May, 2019, trying to get people and news m…

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the test and kept your answers handy. This article repeats the questions and includes the answers. See how you did.

A recent article (Jan. 1 by Christina Goldbaum) in the New York Times spoke to a deadly consequence of the pandemic — a significant increase in traffic deaths. When the pandemic hit New York City, cars seemed to disappear from many streets as the lockdown brought urban life to a halt and dri…

“Donald Trump’s speech and behavior show that he has severe sociopathic traits…. the paranoia of severe sociopathy creates a profound risk of war.” (The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, 2017). Trump is incapable of a focus external to himself. Little did we know that the war would be on U.S .…

In response to having Elise to resign her job. The democrats are afraid of what she is going to find out about the fraud in the election. As for you, Taxing Tedra, you better close that filthy mouth.

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In early December, I proposed in my weekly article on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety that we should consider standardizing vehicle and traffic laws nationwide. In that article, I described numerous traffic laws that differed from state to state, and asked how drivers could …

Have you ever borrowed someone else’s car? Have you lent your car to someone else? If so, are you aware of potential requirements and potential consequences? I had someone recently ask me who is responsible for the ticket if someone driving a borrowed car is ticketed for an expired inspectio…

Alcohol has been a factor in 30 percent of U.S. roadway deaths every year for the past decade. Meanwhile, police arrest about 1 million people a year for alcohol-impaired driving. Systems that can detect the percentage of alcohol in the driver’s blood and prevent the vehicle from moving if i…

It was nip and tuck, but in the end, Santa has decided that a virtual Christmas just wasn’t good enough, so, after contacting the best health experts he could and presenting his plan to deliver Christmas gifts around the world in spite of COVID-19, his plans have been approved and he has mad…

As you may know there won’t be many Christmas related services this year. However, 2020 will provide us with the best view of the Christmas Star in nearly 800 years. The North Franklin Ministerial Association encourages people to don their masks and go outside at dusk on Dec. 21 or 22, aroun…

I am writing to commend the Telegram on their coverage of the salary increase accepted by our Mayor on Nov. 12, 2020. However, I am concerned about the lack of depth in the article. There are many unanswered questions that still need to be answered.

In late October and early November, two of these weekly articles explained the difficult decisions that were necessary for our various highway departments to deal with snow and ice control on our highways, and some of the factors that lead to using abrasives or salt. Complicating this dilemm…

MALONE — Passing a stopped school bus with red lights flashing is against the law in New York state, as it is in all states. We know this, but are you aware of the differences in other states? For instance, it’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus even if it is stopped on the other side of …

If you’re a poker player, being predictable is the worst thing you can be. But, if you drive a vehicle, being predictable is probably the best thing you can be. If you could communicate to drivers around you exactly what you intended to do, it would make life so much easier for other drivers…

My name is Drew Crawford and I am the secretary of the Chateaugay Adventurers 4H club. Franklin County 4H youth want to thank Mrs. Carrie Boulais from Bokie’s for letting us create two ice cream flavors of our choice to sell during National 4-H week in October. We use the money we raise towa…

We have many Amish and Mennonite families in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. Amish buggies have been granted an exception to the requirement to display a Slow Moving Vehicle symbol on the rear of their buggies and wagons for religious reasons.