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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.

Last week’s article discussed some of the things to consider when deciding whether to use salt on roads or abrasives, such as sand, for snow and ice control. Most people would guess that using abrasives is far cheaper than using salt. Maybe not! Here is some information that most citizens ar…

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When I was a boy, I used to go vote with my mother on Election Day. At a nearby public school, we would enter a booth, draw a heavy curtain and I’d flick a number of little levers at her direction to mark our choices. Then I’d pull the handle to make it official -- and, voila, we had done ou…

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Editor’s note: This past week marked the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dorchak, the historian for Malone American Legion Post 219, was serving on a U.S. submarine during the standoff that brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war.

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Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, and most Americans -- those not living in Arizona, Hawaii or our outlying territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam, among others) -- will again suffer the consequences.

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Closing out my career in the state Senate this year is bitter sweet, as I have enjoyed and appreciate so much about the past 25 years in elective office. It has just been an incredible honor representing and advocating on behalf of the constituents of the 45th Senate District.