Wacky winter drivers are everywhere — you know, the drivers who fail to clean the snow and ice from their vehicles before driving. You see them all winter long. They are the drivers who scrape off a small area of an icy windshield, and most often don’t remove any of the snow on the rear wind…

Congress has created a new requirement for automakers: Find a high-tech way to keep drunken people from driving cars. It’s one of the mandates along with a burst of new spending aimed at improving auto safety amid escalating road fatalities in the $1 trillion infrastructure package that Pres…

Section 402 (1) (b) of Vehicle and Traffic Law has been amended, effective Nov. 1 of this year, to increase fines for knowingly covering or coating license plates with material or substance that conceals, obscures, or distorts the plates by any part of the vehicle, or anything carried thereon.

Now that the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan construction along Route 11 in Malone is close to completion, the purpose of which is to improve pedestrian safety, let’s review the applicable laws pertaining to pedestrians.

“Rain, snow, fog, sleet, or icy pavements have never caused an accident.” This is a direct quote from the Loss Control Department of Utica National Insurance Group.

Driving is filled with frustrations every day, but one of the most irritating ones is when you cannot proceed on a green light when other vehicles are blocking the road you must cross because of traffic backup. A similar situation is when you want to turn left onto a street, but you can’t be…

Because of a wide variety of users, traffic control is an ongoing compromise by authorities that control signs, signals, and pavement markings. Think about it! Traffic control would be much simpler if there were only vehicles to consider. But there’s a whole lot more. We must consider all us…

In June, a “Did You Know” article included 15 to 20 Burma-Shave roadside signs which were popular in the middle of the last century, before there were interstates and when everyone drove the old two-lane roads. These signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. They wer…

Last week’s article was about horse and buggy crashes in Yates County in the Finger lakes Region south of Rochester. Today’s article will be about possible solutions to reduce vehicle-buggy crashes statewide.

For most people across the United States, driving is a daily necessity. Whether you commute to work on weekdays or need to visit the grocery store, it’s important to practice safe driving techniques that will help keep you and your passengers from harm.

Hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured each year in crashes involving stopped or disabled vehicles that may not have stood out enough to alert drivers to the danger they pose, according to a new study commissioned by a company that makes enhanced hazard lighting systems.

These weekly articles normally discuss vehicle and traffic law and traffic safety, but I recently had a request from Saranac Lake to write something on boating safety and applicable laws regarding navigation on Lake Flower and other bodies of water in New York state.

We all speed, almost continuously when we aren’t limited by slower traffic, yet most of us complain about other drivers speeding. Furthermore, it’s pretty common to observe other drivers running red lights immediately after they have changed to red.

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…

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.

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

There has been much discussion on whether to use sand and other abrasives or salt to treat slippery roads during winter. This is not an easy decision to make. There are pluses and minuses for both. More recently, there is significant opposition to salt, but sand and abrasives also have a neg…

As winter approaches and if you are among the many residents in Franklin County with a rural mailbox along the side of the road, pay attention to the rest of this article, as fixing your box in the middle of the winter is not much fun.

Like it or not, winter driving is about to hit us, and so is the usual increase in crashes as we all but refuse to drive more slowly and carefully, or leave in time to get there without driving faster than we should. And, every year we read or hear about safe driving tips in the media, and y…