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Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that construction is continuing on the Interstate 190/Interstate 290 interchange in the town of Tonawanda, Erie County.  As a result, the ramp from Interstate 190 southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound (Exit 16) will be closed to truck traffic beginning on Monday, August 22.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries are the 2nd leading cause of injury related death in Orleans County

Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries are the 2nd leading cause of injury related death in Orleans County

New York State Department Health Statistics & Data shows, Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries are the 2nd leading cause of injury related death in Orleans County. Crash related injuries are also the 2nd leading cause of injury related hospitalization and a leading cause for injury related emergency department (ED) visits in Orleans County.

Who is at Risk for Crash-Related Injuries?

Although most crash victims in New York State were vehicle occupants, a higher percentage of bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists were injured severely enough to require hospitalization.

In Orleans County:

Although females have a higher rate of outpatient ED visits, males are more likely to have died or been hospitalized from a traffic crash.

Traffic-related crash injuries occur in all age groups.

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. - As of Monday, February 28, average retail gasoline prices in Buffalo have risen 13.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website BuffaloGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Buffalo during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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POTHOLE PATROL: We're Looking for WNY's Worst

POTHOLE PATROL: We're Looking for WNY's Worst

Know of any particularly devastating potholes that you would like to warn your friends and neighbors to avoid? Send an email to neighborhoods@wgrz.com with the location and any details you can provide. Attach a photo if you can get one safely.

2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten recently reported on the state of area roads as the melting snow and ice begins to reveal the damage that this winter has wrought. You can see his report here.

Below are the reports we've received from viewers so far, broken out by neighborhood. Scroll down to the Comments section for additional warnings about potholes in your town.

AMHERST

- Corner of Niagara Falls Blvd. at Brighton road on the north side of Brighton turning from the Blvd. 

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2010 Infiniti G-37 coupe. The tires were fine until it got cold outside. Now the tire pressure monitoring system indicates that the tire pressures are low. The tires look fine to me. What’s up with this? 

Delilah from Burlington, VT

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

My ’02 Oldsmobile Alero has had the ignition switch replaced four times in the past two years! Each time the switch fails everything seems normal. However, when I turn the key to start the vehicle nothing happens … no cranking, no clicking, it’s just dead. The battery has been replaced. Every time the problem occurs the Olds dealer says the problem is the magnet on the ignition switch, which is part of the security system.