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Learning from our driving mistakes critical

November 16, 2015 At a recent community forum held by the Malone Central School District, the guest speaker was Willow Sweeney, who works for Top 20 Training, a Minnesota-based educational consulting organizatio. more »»

Automated speed enforcement — maybe it’s time

November 9, 2015 Earlier this year I attended a traffic safety conference and picked up some printed material from a company that provides automated speed enforcement for cities and states in the U.S. more »»

I-95 challenge: enforcement for interstate safety

November 2, 2015 The number of deaths occurring on U.S. highways is staggering — somewhere around 33,000 to 35,000 every year, the equivalent of a small city. more »»

Evidence mounts in favor of front crash prevention

October 26, 2015 Autobrake, City Safety, EyeSight are just a couple of names for vehicles equipped with automatic braking systems intended to prevent or mitigate certain low-speed crashes by warning drivers of... more »»

Turning motorists must yield to pedestrians

October 12, 2015 In most all of our Upstate villages, far too many drivers fail to give pedestrians crossing at intersections their legal right-of-wa. more »»

Teach children how to safely cross streets

October 5, 2015 Knowing when and how to teach children to cross streets is no easy task. Parents must deal with their child’s ability or lack of it to safely cross streets and road. more »»

Parents may withdraw teenage driver’s privilege

September 28, 2015 Driving is a privilege for all drivers, but for teenagers it is one that can easily be taken away. more »»

Back to school means sharing the road

September 21, 2015 Now that school has resumed, the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board reminds parents, commuters, kids and teens to make safety a priority. more »»

New traffic laws effective Sept. 1 in Ontario

September 14, 2015 Because we live so close to Canada and often drive in Ontario and Quebec, we should be aware of the traffic laws of both provinces and of changes that are made from time to time, just like we do for... more »»

Funeral procession protocol vague

September 7, 2015 You are waiting at a red traffic signal car in a city or village and a funeral procession is passing on the other street. more »»

Left turn light installed in Saranac Lake

August 31, 2015 The state Department of Transportation has recently modified the signal light at the corner of Main Street, River Street and LaPan Highway in Saranac Lake. more »»

DWI checkpoints underutilized according to IIHS

August 24, 2015 “Well-published sobriety checkpoints are a proven way to reduce alcohol-impaired driving and crashes, yet results of new IIHS research indicate that many agencies don’t conduct them often enough,”... more »»

Overtaking a bicycle safely requires separation

August 10, 2015 Section 1122-a in Vehicle and Traffic Law is about what a motorist must do when overtaking a bicycle from behind. It’s short and, unfortunately, somewhat vague. more »»

Safety pyramid shows how to reduce fatalities

August 3, 2015 When we discuss traffic safety, we try to find ways to reduce fatal crashes, which kills over 33,000 people every year in the United States. more »»

Passing and no-passing zones explained

July 27, 2015 A question I am frequently asked is about passing and no-passing markings on our highways. more »»

U-turns allowed, except where they’re not

July 20, 2015 I recently received an inquiry from a Lake Placid resident who observed several motorists making a U-turn at an intersection in that village and questioned whether this was legal. more »»

Graduated licensing benefits showing results

July 13, 2015 Graduated licensing, which first began in Florida in 1996, gradually introduces new teenage drivers to the driving task as they mature and develop on-the-road skills. more »»

Farm vehicle operators need motorists’ cooperation

July 6, 2015 On June 19, I met with Trudy and Vincent Bilow, owners of Bilow Farms on the Brainairdsville Road (Franklin County Route 24), regular readers of this weekly column, and two of their employees at... more »»

Texting dangers described by student award winner

June 29, 2015 Last week’s “Safety on the Roads” article, the second in a series of three, described the dangers of drinking and driving by Kierstyn Miller, a Franklin Academy student just completing her junior... more »»

Student has insight into dangers of drinking and driving

June 22, 2015 Last week’s column was an award-winning essay by Dan Shafer of Franklin Academy in Malone about the importance of using seat belts. more »»



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