Self-Driving Cars And Reclaiming Time Spent Behind The Wheel

ROCHESTER (WXXI) – People organize their lifestyles around access to transportation, so the advent of autonomous vehicles is important for their economic, social and environmental impact. That’s from one of the authors of a new paper on the subject. Assistant professor in sustainability at RIT, Eric Williams, says they looked at a number of ways people could reclaim all the time they spend behind the wheel. “Anything from okay, we need to bring our kids to the sports team, well let’s have the vehicle do it instead of doing it ourselves.  You know, thinking of taking a lot more trips, overnight in your car, because your car can drive you rather than having to stay up yourself,” he said. Williams says the top 20 percent of people who drive or take public transit everyday could benefit from such vehicles.

Freighter Freed From Ice, Seaway Open Again

BUFFALO (WBFO) – The Marshall Island flagged Federal Biscay was finally dislodged from ice in the Snell lock near Massena this weekend. St. Lawrence Seaway crews, including three tugs, had worked for five days to move the massive international freighter. It was blocking passage for four other ships on their way down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal as the Seaway tries to close for the winter.

‘Cork In A Bottle’: Jammed Ship Blocks Icy Seaway

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Prolonged arctic cold is wreaking havoc on the maritime industry across the Great Lakes. The latest problem: A commercial freighter is stuck in ice in a lock near Massena, N.Y., and it’s preventing the St. Lawrence Seaway from closing for the winter. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

National Drunk Driving Crackdown Underway

ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Governor Cuomo has announced that local law enforcement will be joining New York State Police in a national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. The campaign starts today and runs through the end of the month. It also includes a special enforcement over the New Year’s holiday. Trooper Mark O’Donnell from the state police says there are many different ways people can get to and from holiday gatherings safely, starting with a designated driver. “By making a plan ahead of time.  Obviously Uber is now available in New York State, there’s taxis, and there are some organizations that may offer free rides,” he said.

New HELP Truck Available To Troubled Motorists On Central NY highways

SYRACUSE (WRVO) – There’s a new way for disabled motorists to get help on a couple of major interstate highways in Onondaga County. The State Department of Transportation has expanded the HELP Roadside Service to central New York. Assistant DOT Commissioner Sean Hennessey says the emergency local service has started patrolling a 70-mile stretch of Interstate’s 81 and 690 during morning and evening rush hour. “If somebody breaks down, maybe a flat tire, a bad battery, or a number of minor issues when it comes to mechanical issues, we’ll be able to address those on site,” Hennessey said. “Basically what people do is call 911.