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LI Roads Identified as Most Dangerous in the Region for Pedestrians

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Hempstead Turnpike tops the list as the most deadly road in the tri-state area for the fifth year in a row.

A recent report by Tri-State Transportation Campaign reveals statistics of pedestrian fatalities from 2009-2011 for its Most Dangerous Roads for Walking report, and Long Islanders may not be surprised to see that many Nassau and Suffolk County roads top the list.

The report names Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County as the most dangerous road in the tri-state area with 14 pedestrian deaths in the three years studied. The 16-mile stretch of road has become infamous for being the most deadly road for walking for the fifth year in a row.  

In 2012, the New York State Department of Transportation began addressing the concerns of Nassau commuters and locals alike, and added raised medians and crosswalks, moved bus stops closer to crosswalks, and changed the patterns of traffic signals to slow down traffic.  The results of these changes have not yet been documented.

The most deadly road in Suffolk County is Jericho Turnpike, which comes in third in the tri-state area for the most pedestrian deaths, with 11 deaths from 2009-2011.  The thoroughfare jumped six spots on the list from since last year.

Other Long Island roads that made the list include SR-27 Sunrise Highway in Nassau and SR-110 New York Avenue/Broadhollow Road/Broadway, and SR-27 Sunrise Highway/Montauk Point State Highway/CR-29 in Suffolk County.

“We are saddened that our region continues to be plagued by many dangerous roadways that are unsafe for residents of all ages, customers and workers in our local communities,” said Eric Alexander, executive director of the non-profit community-building program Vision Long Island.  “This report once again points to the need to move quickly to fund complete streets projects and enhance pedestrian safety.”

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote sustainable practices and encourage commuters to rely less on cars, used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System to create the report.

In the tri-state area, 1,242 pedestrians were killed between 2009-2011.  Of these deaths, nearly 200 pedestrian deaths happened on Long Island, with 84 in Nassau County, and 110 Suffolk County.

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8 comments

Fannie Conde Feb 25th, 2013 10:03 PM

They really needed to do a big study, spend all that money, and waste all that time? I could have told them the same thing and all I've done is walk and drive on Long Island roads. 

Marjorie Feb 26th, 2013 06:49 AM

I can definitely affirm that the Jericho Turnpike is a terrible road to drive on. I have had three accidents on it in the last two years and none were my fault. 

Robert Feb 26th, 2013 06:51 AM

As a truck driver you begin to realize the roads that you need to stay away from and those that are safer to drive. I have found the the Jericho Turnpike and and Hempstead Turnpike as completely ridiculous with the traffic and people not paying attention. 

rick shuman Feb 26th, 2013 06:52 AM

When it comes to horrible roads, Long Island has got to have some of the worst on the East Coast. I've traveled through many different states, and cities, and each time I go through Nassau County I hold my breath a lot longer than I do in NYC, Boston, Richmond, or even Philly. 

Patricia Feb 27th, 2013 08:54 AM

I can't begin to count how many times I've almost been run down on the Hempstead Turnpike. I hate it when I have to cross the street. Hold your breath and run!

Rebecca Feb 27th, 2013 08:56 AM

I have a friend who was crossing the street on the Jericho Turnpike and was hit by a car. She had to have a hip replaced, a knee replaced and still does not walk the way she did before. It is a permanent injury. Why can't our government officials do something to make it safer? 

George King Feb 27th, 2013 10:37 AM

I completely agree with Mr. Alexander. It is time that we put monies towards fixing an antiquated problem with modern technologies. 

Tracy Feb 27th, 2013 11:38 AM

The roads in the Tri-State area are all horrible. While the main problem is the actual roadway and people driving the cars are also a part of it. We need much stricter traffic laws in heavily congested areas. 

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