Motorists should prepare for winter driving

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) offer tips to help New Yorkers winterize their vehicles and prepare to drive in more challenging weather conditions. The agencies also reminded motorists that they can install snow tires on their vehicles. State law allows the use of snow tires from October 16 through April 30.

“Winter weather will be here soon, and motorists should winterize their vehicles and anticipate changing weather conditions,” DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said in a press release. “A few simple practices like driving slow, making sure your lights are clear and not covered with ice or snow, having ample windshield washer fluid, for example, will help ensure your safety and the safety of others on the roads.”

Before driving, GTSC recommends these tips: Read more…

SPs arrest 183 impaired drivers over Thanksgiving

ALBANY—State Police issued a total of 12,975 tickets statewide during this year’s special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period.

The Thanksgiving enforcement period began Wednesday, November 24 and continued through Sunday, November 28.

During the campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police used sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices. Read more…

Police find body of missing Chatham man

CHURCHTOWN—The body of young Chatham man was found after an intensive search in the area he was last seen.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office started investigating a missing person report in the early morning hours of November 25.

Martin C. Schmitt, 20, of Chatham was last seen standing next to his car at a County Route 27 residence at 11:30 p.m. November 24. He was reported missing shortly after midnight. Read more…

Man leads police on short pursuit, ending on Route 66

CLAVERACK—State Police arrested Joshua M. Charron, 24, of Greenport following a short pursuit, November 16.

After receiving a tip he had stolen merchandise from Lowe’s and Kohl’s, retail stores on Fairview Avenue in Greenport, troopers located Mr. Charron driving a 2001 Toyota pickup truck headed south on State Route 9H.

Troopers initiated a traffic stop on the Charron vehicle, but he allegedly refused to comply and led police on a short pursuit. Read more…

Alert letter carrier gets help for elderly Hudson man

HUDSON—Thanks to an alert, concerned postal carrier, an elderly man has gotten the medical care he needed.

On November 15 at around 2:47 p.m., Hudson Police got a call from the U.S. Postal Service reporting that one of their mail carriers was concerned that an elderly man on Aiken Avenue had not picked up his mail in more than three days and she was worried about his safety and well-being.

Sergeant Nicholas Hodges and Officer Jessica Mausolf went to the man’s single family residence.

The officers knocked on all the windows and doors and got no response. They interviewed numerous neighbors and learned no one had seen the man for days. Read more…