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Ford Friendship Express Applications Available Now

Ford Friendship Express Applications Available Now

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York are continuing their annual tradition of providing “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation. Today, the group announced that applications are now available for the 2013 Ford Friendship Express program.

“The Western New York Ford Dealers are excited to announce the call for applications for the Ford Friendship Express program,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “For nearly two decades, the annual program has helped area nonprofits carry out their missions and better serve our community.”

The following items are important program details for eligible organizations looking to drive away in a new Ford van:

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

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.

Supervisor Weinstein Announces Pothole Hotline

Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein has established a pothole hot line for any potholes within town boundaries.  “We wanted to get an early jump on potholes and felt that a dedicated line would give the traveling public an opportunity to comment. We will pass complaints on to our Highway Department. If the pothole is on a state, county or village road we will notify the proper jurisdiction,” Weinstein stated.

The pothole hot line for the Town of Amherst is 716.631.7127 and is accessible 24 hours a day.  The line will be checked every 48 hours and residents will be notified of action taken if they leave their contact information.  You may also send an email to Bweinstein@amherst.ny.us.  The pothole hot line will be in effect until May 1, 2012.

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.