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Adirondack Northway Cellphones

April 29th, 2007 · No Comments · News

The Glens FallsPost Star is featuring several stories today regarding the ongoing issue of cellphone coverage on the Adirondack Northway. More specifically the lack of available service along the highway which passes through a remote section of the Adirondack Mountains. Recent interest in the issue was renewed after the death of Alfred Langer who drove off the highway, in the middle-of-the-night, during a storm. He and his wife were trapped in their vehicle for several hours before he died and the lack of cellphone coverage has been blamed.

The brokered agreement between the State, cellphone service providers, and environmental groups seems to have satisfied most everyone involved. Including me. I don’t have a cell phone, and I don’t want to subsidize those that do. Frankly, I don’t want to make it easier for people to drive and talk at the same time.

Better to realize the potential hazards of driving on remote roads. In the “old days”, people would prepare themselves for road trips. Somehow this sense of personal responsibility has been replaced by a reliance on others. Don Lehman describes the enhanced police coverage of the stretch of road known as “the Death Zone” and suggests some safety measures:

Being prepared isn’t just for drivers roaming north to northern Warren, Essex and Clinton counties on the Northway, though. Motorists should always have a satchel full of emergency items in their car for situations when help isn’t readily available, police said.

Such a kit should include a flashlight, matches, extra clothing, rugged footwear, basic tools like pliers and a screwdriver, flares and flags, water, ice scraper, tow rope, funnel and a compass.

I doubt that most people even check their spare “donuts” anymore. To that list I would add – snow shovel, gloves, food, lighter, and first-aid kit.

The Post-Star has also asked reader to submit their experiences with cell phones in the Adirondacks. I’d like to remind everyone that the lack of cell coverage, anywhere in the world, has never caused or prevented any driving accidents. On the contrary, the use of cell phones has.

Update: The Post-Star features two more articles again today:

‘They’ve got to do better’

Technology continues to evolve

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Cellular Coverage on Northway Moves Forward

April 18th, 2007 · No Comments · News

Capitol Confidential is reporting that some sort of deal has been reached between the Spitzer administration, environmental groups, and cell phone service providers. Towers less than 100ft tall, no state subsidy, full coverage – that should make everyone happy.

Update: Some more information and a link to the Governor’s press release.


Spring Snow Storm Warning Ignored

April 16th, 2007 · No Comments · News

Today’s Press Republican reports:

Fatal Accident
Plattsburgh-based State Police reported one person died in a one-car accident at about 5:17 p.m. in the south-bound lane of Interstate 87 just north of Exit 34 in Keeseville.

Second Assistant Fire Chief David Perky of the Keeseville Fire Department confirmed one woman was killed in the accident and a two-month old infant was in critical condition.

“She was gone before we got there,” he said.

He said the woman was in the back seat and was not wearing a seatbelt. She is believed to have been caring for the critically injured infant.

Two other children and one adult were also injured.

The accidents victims are Hasidic Jews and are not believed to be local, Perky said. A Montreal transport van came to retrieve the dead woman’s body, Perky said.

“Road conditions were absolutely terrible,” he said.

Tragedy for sure.

Question: What two events has the media been hyping for the last few days?

Answer: Record-breaking Spring Nor’easter and Governor Corzine not wearing a seatbelt.

I know for a fact that this storm and associated hazards was well known to any person conscious in the Northeastern part of this continent. I also know that at 5pm yesterday the storm was at its absolute worst in this region. Why would anyone put themselves, their family, and emergency workers at risk by driving the Adirondack Northway? An unrestrained baby?! This accident should never have happened.

Update: Apparently this was one of two accidents last night. Both blamed on driving too fast during the storm. And, both accidents involved not wearing seat belts.

Previously: Orthodox Jews Demand Adirondack Cell Coverage

Update: 91 Miles per Hour

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