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Photo: <a href="">Andrew Bardwell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Andrew Bardwell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Senate passes tougher drunk driving penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Senate has passed a measure that would toughen penalties for multiple driving while intoxicated convictions.

Under the measure, a person convicted of three or more DWIs within 15 years would be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  Go to full article
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Intel Free Press</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Intel Free Press, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Distracted driving more likely to get you in trouble April 10-15

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and local police are increasing patrols and checkpoints statewide from April 10 to 15 to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones.

Authorities say "Operation Hang Up" combines anti-texting and cell phone law enforcement with advertisements to let people know about the push and convince them to obey the law.

The first offense is a minimum fine of $50. That can increase to $400 for the third offense.  Go to full article
Some overzealous patrols have had an effect on the local economy

Snowmobilers say they're being harassed by law enforcement

A coalition of leaders from the North Country's snowmobile tourism industry is complaining that law enforcement officials are harassing sledders.

They say sticker inspections and multiple trail stops are discouraging visitors from visiting the area.

But as Brian Mann reports, these concerns come as law enforcement agencies are grappling with a growing number of snowmobile injuries and deaths.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A trip to DMV with stickers that won't stick

If you're frustrated that your vehicle's inspection or registration sticker is peeling off the windshield, don't fret. It's not your fault, or your mechanic's, for not cleaning the glass first. The state Department of Motor Vehicles says a batch of 2010 stickers are faulty and won't adhere to the windshield. You can fix the problem with scotch tape, the agency says, or you can stop by your local DMV office to get new ones at no charge. That's what David Sommerstein did for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

High Anxiety: The Driver's Test

OK--what can be worse than the SAT, and with longer-term consequences? Beth Kaskan lives in Watertown, and will start at Colgate University this fall. Here's her story of high anxiety.  Go to full article

Bills Would Crack Down on Dangerous Driving

At a press conference to announce the bills, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also addressed a driving-related controversy; he denied newspaper allegations that he improperly received discounts from a car rental company when the company was pushing for a change in insurance laws. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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