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Colvin: Drivers Cautioned to Expect Delays Monday

Drivers near the intersection of Colvin and Twin City Memorial Highway were reminded to expect delays beginning Monday. New York State Department of Transportation announces a resurfacing project will be underway on Colvin Boulevard (Route 425) to the Erie County Line.

According to the NYSDOT website the planned start date is September 10th and is projected to be completed by year’s end. Flashing construction message boards warn drivers to expect delays beginning on Monday August 27th. The project is funded by New York State and the federal government and has a  contract award cost of $9,069,000.

Map Credit: Mapquest

Grand Island E-Z Pass Walk-In Center to Close in June

Grand Island E-Z Pass Walk-In Center to Close in June

A Press Release Issued by the New York State Thruway Authority

ALBANY, NY -- E-ZPass Walk-In Centers in Albany, Syracuse, and Grand Island will go out of service on Friday, June 8, 2012, the New York State Thruway Authority announced. Walk-in Centers in Nanuet, Yonkers, Queens and Staten Island will remain open.

The closing of these locations is part of an ongoing commitment of the Thruway Authority to improve efficiency and lower costs. Closing the three locations will result in a $1 million annual savings.

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that by order of a resolution passed by the New York State Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, May shall be designated as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.  As the number of motorcyclist increases there becomes a greater need to teach riders how to operate their machines safely and the general public needs to become more aware of the proper ways to safely share the road with bikers. This resolution is designed to remind the public that another riding season has started and that they should be alert to the presence of motorcycles on the streets and highways. 

Move Over Law Reminder

Move Over Law Reminder

A statement from the Niagara County Sheriff Office:

Sheriff James R. Voutour is reminding everyone of the “Move Over” law that took effect January 1, 2011. The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle with emergency lights flashing. This legislation honors the memory of Trooper Ambrose and Deputy Searles, who lost their lives while serving the public. Trooper Robert Ambrose was burned alive inside his vehicle when his patrol car was rear-ended by a sports utility vehicle traveling over 80 miles per hour. Deputy Glenn Searles died from injuries he suffered when assisting a stranded motorist, a second car struck him, pinning him against his patrol vehicle. Beginning January 1, 2012, the “Mover Over” law was expanded to cover hazard vehicles, such as tow trucks, HELP trucks, highway maintenance trucks and any other vehicle being used in the construction or maintenance of roadways that has an amber light.

Traffic Accident Rt 198

Traffic Accident Rt 198

Currently NIITEC is reporting a right lane closure due to an accident beyond Route 198. Right Lanes Closed.

Grisanti Announces Senate Passage of Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) announced that the New York Senate passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents.  Recently, high profile cases have uncovered massive crime rings incorporating doctors, lawyers, and scam artists who stage accidents and use New York's no-fault insurance program as their own personal ATM machine.  In Brooklyn, 16 people were arrested and charged with intentionally causing a dozen accidents involving unsuspecting motorists between 2009 and 2011 and then submitting fraudulent insurance claims that defrauded insurance companies for $400,000.

National Highway Safety Administration Offers Car Care Tips

National Highway Safety Administration Offers Car Care Tips

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding all drivers to check their vehicles and take necessary precautions before taking to the roads. There are multiple good reasons to keep up with automobile maintained. Some of the reasons include; ensuring your resale value, fuel efficiency and overall safety of your drive.

Administrator David L. Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states “it’s important that drivers properly maintain their vehicles and always drive responsibly – never texting behind the wheel or driving drunk and always wearing a seat belt.”

To ensure that your automobile is in the best possible shape some basic guidelines to keep in mind examine each part of your automobile and specific systems that work together for peak performance.

The NHTSA offers tips like a walk around of your automobile.

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