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Move Over Law Takes Effect January 1

Move Over Law Takes Effect January 1

Niagara County Sheriff Voutour alerts county drivers “move over” law takes effect January 1, 2011

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour today emphasized to all operators of motor vehicles in Niagara County that a new state law designed to protect law enforcement, fire personnel and emergency workers takes effect on January 1, 2011. The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle with emergency lights flashing.

Halloween Safety Tips from the Sheriff's Office

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- With Halloween just around the corner, soon our neighborhoods will be scattered with trick-or-treaters. To make sure this is a more enjoyable and safer Halloween, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour is offering these safety tips:

Parents, please remember when designing your children’s costumes that face paint is preferable to a mask. All trick-or-treaters should wear some sort of reflective clothing, carry a bright orange bag and carry a flashlight or glow stick to make it easier for passing cars to spot them.

Always walk on the sidewalk or left side of the road facing traffic. Don’t forget: Watch for cars at all times.

An adult should always accompany young children. Either a parent or older child should stay within close range at all times or never let the children go down a street by themselves. Walk with the children to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.

Town Court Judge Censured for DWI

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has released a Determination dated October 12, 2010, that Somerset Town Justice Donald P. Martineck (Niagara County) should be censured. 

On July 30, 2009, the judge pled guilty to a DWI charge. In its determination, the commission noted that, “While such conduct warrants a severe sanction, we note that respondent was cooperative during his arrest and did not identify himself as a judge, assert his judicial status or otherwise attempt to obtain special treatment because of his judicial office.”

A PDF file of the complete decision is available here