Drivers need to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have in their cars during the winter time, according to auto mechanic and New Mexico Department of Transportation officials. “Have a blanket and water and snacks in your trunk in case you get stuck or in case you get somewhere where […]

Letters to the editor: Drivers should take extra precautions

Drivers should take extra precautions School began for most Portales students last week. I was surprised that I didn’t see any patrol officers around to serve as a reminder of the school zone speed limit. As I was waiting for my children after school at Valencia Elementary last week, I noticed two vehicles pass through […]

Friday morning briefing: Fair time

Detour K Barnett and Sons will begin road construction on Manana Boulevard, from Prince Street to Main Street, on Monday. They will proceed to Main Street from Tierra Blanca to Llano Estacado. The estimated construction time is two weeks. City officials suggest drivers seek alternate routes during this time period. Information: 769-2376.

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Their view: Teens should be gradually introduced to roads

Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO of the American Insurance Association, supports a graduated driver licensing program for teenage drivers.

Turn lane temporarily closed

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The dedicated right turn lane at the intersection of D.L. Ingram Blvd. and Casablanca will be closed for construction starting at 7 a.m. Monday and ending 5 p.m. Wednesday. Drivers who need to turn right onto D.L. Ingram Blvd. can do so during this time from the through lane of […]

My turn: This year already off to better start

In 2010 I was much luckier than last in driving on Christmas Eve from Portales to Dallas. In 2009 I joined thousands in getting stranded at night on snow-packed I-20. After an eternity of sucking up 18-wheeler fumes, I forced my way on the shoulder around frustrated drivers to a distant exit, backtracked to Abilene, […]

Designated drivers to be rewarded

Freedom New Mexico Designated drivers will be rewarded through a holiday program being launched by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Participating businesses where liquor is sold are offering free gift bags containing sodas, snacks and clothing apparel to individuals who volunteer to be designated drivers, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The […]

Let the dirt fly

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By Clarence Plank Engines rev and hum as drivers pump accelerators anxiously wait for the light to snap green. Dirt flies when the light changes, racers tearing off in their cars toward the finish line at the other side of the track. It is dirt track racing time in eastern New Mexico. Ray Reeser of […]

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According to the Portales News-Tribune, records show that drivers who have had a course in drivers’ training have fewer accidents than those who have not had such a course-that’s one good reason for teaching the course in Portales public schools.

Registration open for AARP driver safety course

Freedom New Mexico Registration is open for an AARP driver safety class tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way, Portales. The course covers issues for drivers older than 50. Pre-registration is required. Registration: George Lees at 742-2271.

Senior drivers class open

Freedom New Mexico AARP’S driver safety program is

It’s their job: Aleson Cage

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Name: Aleson Cage Job: Drivers’ supervisor for Portales Area Transit and Senior Citizens Transport-ation Background: I went to high school in Las Vegas, Nev. After graduation I moved to Texas. I lived there until December 2006, which is where I met my husband, Mark. I moved to Portales shortly after. I have been in the […]

Senior driving class open

PNT staff A drivers’ safety program co-sponsored by the local AARP chapter and Community Services Center is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday in the community room at the center. The refresher program for drivers age 50 and older aims to refine skills and develop safe driving techniques. Rules of the road […]

Cannon doing its part to conserve fuel

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Most drivers remember the first time filling up their vehicle cost $50. Drivers of larger vehicles wince when the price at the pump breaks $100. Now imagine filling your tank takes $12.7 billion. That’s what Defense Energy Support Center statistics say the U.S. military spent on fuel costs in 2007, […]

AARP program targets safer senior drivers

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The numbers aren’t good when it comes to senior drivers, and the AARP is doing their best to change that, especially in Roosevelt and Curry County. Safe Driver classes are usually held near the end of the month on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and the next class in […]

Local AARP chapter sets safety program

The AARP Driver Safety program sponsored by the local chapter and Community Services Center will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 15-16, according to a news release. The course is a refresher program for drivers over 50 and can help lower insurance rates. Rules of the road and driving in adverse conditions is […]

Security encourages designated drivers for Super Bowl

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Spreh The Curry County Sheriff’s Department and the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron are working with each other to help provide incentives to designated drivers until Superbowl Sunday. The program, which applies at nearly all bars and clubs in Clovis and on base, gives designated drivers free sodas for […]

Checkpoints lack intended effectiveness

By Freedom Newspapers “Opponents of sobriety checkpoints tend to be those who drink and drive frequently and are concerned about being caught.” That’s what Mothers Against Drunk Drivers says. And that’s correct, or as correct and logical as it is to say that only pornographers oppose obscenity laws, communists oppose blacklists and terrorists oppose the […]