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Preparing for winter

During the Comprehensive Plan Review meetings earlier this year, there were talks of narrowing the streets. Cunningham said the benefits to having narrow streets could contribute to safer roads and would help in plowing as well.

"The narrower roads reduce maintenance and you don't have to do as much paving," he said. "And narrower roads tend to calm traffic as cars drive slower."

Colonie Police Lt. Ken Pero said the best thing people can do to ensure road safety is to make sure people leave more time to get to their destination so they do not end up rushing and driving their car off the road.

"Accidents off the road can take away from other higher emergencies," he said, advising residents should not go out unless the have to.

Other suggestions were things such as vehicle maintenance like checking your tires and having good wipers. Stocking the car with emergency supplies can also come in handy, like having a gallon or two of water, a flashlight, jumper cables and even a cell phone.

"Always have a cell phone in case you breakdown off the road so you can call for help," he said.""

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