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Teens not immune from criminal charges

Being a teenager is not easy. The pressure to fit in can lead one into activities that can turn into serious legal problems. A pair of New York teenagers face charges for car theft in connection with multiple instances of stolen vehicles in the Buffalo area. The two are ages 18 and 15 and are facing criminal charges.

The two are believed to have been involved in a string of auto thefts dating back to October of last year. The teens allegedly look for cars that the drivers have left running while they run into a shop or other location. In a recent incident, the two are believed to have stolen a car with an infant in the back seat. A woman had pulled up to a liquor store and gotten out of the car, leaving it running with the keys in the ignition and her baby in the back seat. The teens allegedly got in the car and drove off.

New York train safety moves ahead with PTC deadline

Railways across the nation are working to install Positive Train Control (PTC), a complicated safety system designed to slow or stop trains that are traveling too fast or are heading for a collision or a misaligned track switch.

The installation deadline was Dec. 31, 2018, but many railroads received an extension if they made substantive progress toward installation.

How dangerous are car crashes to children?

Everyone has seen the “baby on board” sign in the back of some parent’s window, and for good reason. Children are at a great risk when in a car accident. When you get into a car crash with your young children in the car, it can be very dangerous.

Over the past few years, there has been a greater push to make sure everyone in the car is buckled up. Even though a lot of parents are getting better at properly restraining their children while in the car, but there are still risks. The truth is, car crashes still cause one in four unintentional deaths in children under the age of 13.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents increase over the holidays

The holiday season is a time for visiting with friends and family in New York. People take to the highways in great numbers to make those visits happen. Sadly, the increased traffic leads to an increase in the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents. Some of the accidents that occur around the holidays are fatal.

A recent accident on Long Island resulted in the death of a couple from Suffolk County. The couple had been driving along Huguenot Drive when they were hit by a Ford Explorer. The accident happened around 10 p.m. The couple died at the scene.

Motor vehicle accidents increase during the holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means that people are travelling to visit friends and family. Many will travel by car, which increases the likelihood of people becoming involved in motor vehicle accidents. A recent car crash in New York involved a woman travelling from Vermont.

A young woman from Vermont was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt north on route 9G. Another vehicle, a 1997 Ford Explorer, was travelling south. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. when, according to police reports, the Explorer apparently crossed the center line and hit the 2007 Chevrolet.

Legal options are available if motor vehicle accidents happen

A tragic accident in New York City recently killed a man and injured six other people. The city is no stranger to motor vehicle accidents. It is one of the most congested cities in the country, and where traffic is dense, accidents are likely to happen.

A man from Monroe County, near Rochester, was attempting to park a minivan in Chinatown. The vehicle jumped a curb and careened into a group of people. A 56-year-old man died at the scene. Six other people were injured, two of them critically. It is believed that the 70-year-old man driving the van may have put the vehicle in reverse and stepped on the gas instead of the brake.

Staying safe out on Buffalo’s roads this winter

Whether it’s been something you’ve been looking forward to or dreading, the winter weather season has begun here in Buffalo. While drivers in this area are no strangers to snow, ice and cold, this can be a very good time of the year for everyone to go over winter weather driving safety tips.

Safety reminders can be helpful to even the most experienced of winter drivers. And safety is such an important thing to keep in the forefront during the winter weather season, given the major challenges snowy and icy conditions can pose out on the roads.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the United States, with nine people killed and more than 1,000 injured daily nationwide. Distracted driving is a big problem, it’s also entirely preventable.


Distractions while driving come in many forms but they all cause a driver to take away his or her attention from the important task at hand. Eating, using a cell phone or checking your navigation system all increase the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Additionally, factors such as passengers, pets, scenery and other drivers can all serve as distractions.

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