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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Senator Ortt and AT&T Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

Senator Ortt and AT&T  Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

In time for the holidays, more than 900 donated cell phones will help provide calling cards for our deployed troops and veterans to call home

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

 

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking. Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst, is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day and designate a sober driver! 

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said Farrar. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.” 

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

 

In recent years, Thanksgiving Eve has become known as the biggest party night of the year. While everyone enjoys a good party with family and friends to usher in the holiday season, the planning isn’t complete until arrangements have been made to guarantee a safe ride home at the end of the evening for all of your guests.

Editorial: Hotel would be far better in heart of Medina

Editorial: Hotel would be far better in heart of Medina

A report from a consultant says a hotel could make money and be sustainable in Medina...

Editorial by Tom Rivers, Orleans Hub Posted 31 October 2014

MEDINA – A report from a consultant says a hotel could make money and be sustainable in Medina. That’s the good news for our county, which loses out on longer stays from visitors. Orleans County actually ranks dead last among the 62 counties in the state for visitor spending.

Many of our visitors are day-trippers, who make a drive out and then head back, often choosing to stay in hotels in Batavia. That deprives Orleans County and our businesses of the full economic impact of these guests.

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

 

Aren't all drug-related deaths tragic? If so, why do we as a community and a nation tend to ignore the 38,000 overdose deaths in the United State each year until it claims the life of someone with celebrity status? Whether it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman dying of a heroin overdose or Whitney Houston from cocaine abuse, is their life more important than the life of your friend, relative or neighbor who may have also succumbed to drugs?

Perhaps the media coverage of Hoffman’s recent passing is a good thing. We need to shine a spotlight on the drug epidemic that is sweeping through Western New York right now, paying no attention to the social status of the victims in its path.