Traffic experts know that it isn’t just speed that causes crashes but rather the difference in speed between two vehicles. In Franklin County, two contributors to speed differential are agriculture operations (farms) and Amish families. Both operate slow-moving vehicles on our local highways…

Bicycles with electric assist (“e-bikes”) are now allowed in New York state under Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL), effective April 3. A new VTL section 102-c has been added to define e-bikes as a bicycle which is no more than 36 inches wide, has an electric motor of less than 750 watts, is equ…

I recently had an email from a farm family that asked for clarification on whether Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs), also known as Cargo All-Terrain Vehicles (CATV), could be operated on a town road if used exclusively for farm purposes. The last time I addressed the issue of UTVs was in Novembe…

I have heard rumors that most enforcement agencies, including New York State Police, weren’t stopping speeders and other violators due to COVID-19 and also because some local courts were not handling disposition of vehicle and traffic (VTL) tickets. I have even heard speak of drivers speedin…

The first of these weekly articles on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety was published in the last week of January 2007. At that time I agreed to do an article per week for at least one year and then review the project. Now, after over 13 years and nearly 700 articles, I am now…

It has been said that in Upstate New York there are only two seasons – winter and road construction. Well, winter is over, so it must be road construction season. That replaces snowy and icy roads with work zones, construction equipment, lane closures, flagmen, and delays for drivers.

Last month, two of these traffic safety articles dealt with bicycling – one about the National Transportation Safety Board asking for policy overhauls to increase the safety of bicyclists and stop the ever-increasing fatalities and injuries caused by vehicle/bicycle crashes, and the second a…