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Today's Top Stories - Memorial Day May 27, 2019

Neally to Serve 5 to 15 Years for Accident
Campbell man Robert Neally was sentenced to serve 5 to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a crash that killed a local fire chief last October. Neally pleaded guilty to 2nd degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI last month in Steuben County Court. According to prosecutors, Neally’s BAC was .17 percent when he hit a motorcycle driven by 65-year-old Lindley-Presho Fire Department chief Terry Hill on State Route 415 in Campbell.


Reed Helps Introduce SECURES Act
Congressman of the 23rd District Representative Tom Reed is co-sponsoring a bill drafted to improve school bus safety. The bill is named the “Secure Every Child Under the Right Equipment and Standards”, or SECURES Act, and would require students riding school buses to wear three-point lap-and-shoulder seat belts. Reed says grant money will be made available to help school districts to meet these new safety requirements. Federal law does not currently require seat belts for buses weighing over 5 tons.  


STOP-DWI Crackdown Continues Statewide
Motorists are reminded that a statewide crackdown on drunken, impaired and reckless driving will continue for this Memorial Day Weekend. State Troopers have begun beefing up patrols to combat dangerous driving enforcing zero tolerance for impaired, reckless and distracted drivers since Friday and the crackdown will end today. Drivers should anticipate sobriety checkpoints and troopers watching roads and highways from marked and unmarked vehicles. Last Memorial Day weekend in 2018, State Police arrested 237 people for impaired driving, wrote 13,318 tickets, responded to 154 crashes that involved injuries and investigated eight crash-related deaths.


NYS Announces Temporary Lane Closures for Memorial Day Holiday
State officials have announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended until 6 a.m. on tomorrow to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. Drivers should keep in mind that in some cases, road work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.

AAA Reports Road Travel Increase for Holiday Weekend
AAA forecasts a 3.5% increase from last year in travelers on the road for this Memorial Day weekend. AAA predicts 37.6 million travelers - the most on record for a Memorial Day weekend- to be traveling by automobile out of the total of 43 million Americans who traveling away from home. An increase for travel by buses, trains and cruise trips was also reported at  a rise in 3.8% from last year. Statewide, 2.65 million New Yorkers will travel for the holiday, a 3.5% uptick from last year.


Local Parades and Celebrations Scheduled for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is here and lots of local events are planned to ring in the holiday honoring our fallen soldiers. The Bath VA holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on the VA Campus at 10am today. Avoca’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10am but due to construction, the route has changed to start at Haines airstrip and will end at the Gazebo on Main Street where food will be sold. Hornell’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 9:30am today by Main Street Plumbing and will end at the Memorial on Broadway with a memorial service scheduled following the parade and the Legion will host a light social open to the public on 72 Seneca Street. Painted Post Fire Department is hosting its Memorial Day Ceremony today from 10am to 2pm with kids being loaded into trucks for a parade at 9:45am, a 21 gun salute demonstrated at the Centennial location by the Post Office and a fallen Firefighter memorial ending the event at the fire station.

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