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School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Rural/Metro offers tips to parents, kids and drivers to ensure a safe return to school

Buffalo, NY (August 30, 2012) – As summer draws to a close and thousands of students across Western New York head back to school, parents can help their children make the return smoothly and safely.

Buffalo-based Rural/Metro Medical Services and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer parents these six school bus safety tips to share with their kids:

Walk, Don’t Run

Just as there’s no running in the hallways at school, no running to the bus stop either. Leave 5-10 minutes early so you’re not rushed and use sidewalks whenever possible. Otherwise walk on the left, facing traffic.

Safety at the Stop

Assemblyman Ryan: Thruway Authority Should Abandon Plan For Massive Toll Hike

Assemblyman Ryan: Thruway Authority Should Abandon Plan For Massive Toll Hike

As Public Hearings Begin On Proposed 45% Toll Hike For Trucks, Ryan Urges Thruway Authority To Get Their Fiscal House In Order And Abandon Misguided Plan To Increase Tolls 

BUFFALO – Today, August 16, 2012, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the NYS Thruway Authority to abandon their plan for a proposed 45% toll hike for trucks and commercial vehicles. The Thruway Authority begins their public hearing process on the proposed increase tonight in Buffalo.

NEWSFLASH: Public Pleased by Government Project

NEWSFLASH: Public Pleased by Government Project

A WGRZ 2 On Your Side viewer submitted this comment to our tipline:

The Cemetery Road bridge project is complete and the bridge is now open to traffic, a full three months ahead of schedule!  We, as neighboring homeowners, who have dealt with increased traffic on our street, are elated!  Not to mention that school buses will be allowed to go over the bridge for the coming fall school year.  Yahoo!

What do you make of that?

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.

POTHOLE PATROL: Who's Got the Worst One?

POTHOLE PATROL: Who's Got the Worst One?

If you can safely take a photograph, send us a picture of the most devastating, rim-busting, hubcap-popping, alignment-wrecking pothole in your neighborhood. Let's see if we can find The Worst Pothole in All of WNY.

Be sure to include your name and the location of the pothole.

Safe Winter Driving Tips from AAA

Safe Winter Driving Tips from AAA

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies.

AAA has some helpful advice for driving in adverse weather.

How to remove snow from your car.

And here are some Winter Driving Dos and Don'ts from NBC's Tom Costello.

Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

 

By Michael Wooten

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Starting midnight Sunday, New York's new "Move Over" law took effect, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for "hazard" vehicles including tow trucks.

The law already covers emergency vehicles, including police cruisers and fire trucks.

Last month, Kevin Woloszyn of Delevan in Cattaraugus County was driving Interstate 90 back to college outside Syracuse when his truck broke down. The tow truck driver who responded, Todd Young, was killed when a tractor trailer hit him.

"Just life, you can't take it for granted," Kevin said. "You know, you might be here one second, and the next second you're just out doing your job and that's it."

Kevin shared his story with 2 On Your Side in hopes it will cause drivers to be more careful around flashing lights. Kevin hopes the new law with also help.