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Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Applications now available for local nonprofits; Recipients to be announced at Buffalo Auto Show in February

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York just couldn’t wait to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Ford Friendship Express program -- an annual program that provides “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation.

“For nearly two decades, the WNY Ford Dealers have awarded new Ford vehicles to deserving organizations in our community,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee.

TRAVELER ADVISORY: Part of 990 to be Closed on Wednesday

TRAVELER ADVISORY: Part of 990 to be Closed on Wednesday

A Statement from the New York State Department of Transportation 

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that the Western New York Incident Management Team will be conducting an incident management training exercise on Interstate 990 in the town of Amherst, Erie County, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.  

As a result of this training exercise, Interstate 990 will be closed both northbound and southbound, from North French Road to Millersport Highway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Motorists are advised to follow posted detour routes. 

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

Erie County Residents Needed for Driving Behavior Study

 Erie County Residents Needed for Driving Behavior Study

Nearly 500 residents of Erie County N.Y. are being recruited for a Transportation Research Board (TRB) study on driving behavior.  This is part of the world's largest study of driver behavior, in which vehicle-mounted equipment will observe how drivers interact with traffic conditions and roadway design.  The data captured will be used for safety improvements in road design, cars, and driver training programs. 

Over the course of the two-year study, vehicles of 3,100 drivers in six test sites across the U.S. will be fitted with a special Data Acquisition System (DAS), which will collect both driver and vehicle performance data.  DAS technology includes forward radar, continuously recording video cameras, GPS, accelerometers, and other sensors.  Environmental variables such as traffic, lighting, and weather conditions will also be collected.

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.

Woman Wins Car in WNY Ford Dealers Fiesta de Mayo

Woman Wins Car in WNY Ford Dealers Fiesta de Mayo

BUFFALO, NY – Earlier today, Rita Layer of Lockport unwrapped the key to a brand-new 2011 Ford Fiesta, courtesy of the Western New York Ford Dealers. Contestants numbered one to 98 lined the halls of Boulevard Mall Thursday for the “Fiesta de Mayo” contest hosted by Kiss 98.5. One-by-one contestants each selected a burrito and anxiously waited for the signal to unwrap it. Mrs. Layer was lucky number 47 and found a car key tucked into the tortilla, winning her the grand prize.

“I’ve never owned a brand new car!” said Layer. “Thanks to the Western New York Ford Dealers, I’m driving away with a great Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and birthday gift. I can’t wait to go for a drive in my new Ford Fiesta.”

TRAFFIC TRACKER 2: Construction on 33

TRAFFIC TRACKER 2: Construction on 33

 BUFFALO, NY-- The NYSDOT has announced construction will resume on the Kensington Expressway Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30.

 The following travel restrictions will be in place:

On Tuesday, March 29th, the 33 outbound from Jefferson Avenue to High Street will have a right lane closure from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 30th, the 33 inbound from best Street to Jefferson Avenue will have a right lane closure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The work is weather sensitive, and could be delayed in the event of inclement weather.