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Jericho, Hempstead Turnpike Top Most Dangerous Roads List

Pedestrian deaths are high on main roads. What can be done?

Two main roads near Syosset have been ranked in the top deadliest for Long Island pedestrians, according to a new study. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign ranked Hempstead Turnpike first as the deadliest in Nassau County, while Jericho Turnpike was the second deadliest in Suffolk.

The study recorded Nassau pedestrian fatalities from 2008 to 2010. A June 2008 fatality of an 18-year-old female on 25A and a Halloween 2008 death of a 15-year-old male were included in the study. 

Data from this study did not include the following pedestrian accidents in Syosset:

A main concern for Syossetites has been pedestrian safety on Jackson Avenue and South Oyster Bay Road. The Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset helped spearhead the almost year-long overhaul of Jackson Avenue. The headache of South Oyster Bay Road continues however and as of March 14, .

Some blame drivers:

  • "The road is not getting more dangerous, the people are getting more careless or reckless," said Patch user .
  • "We don't need to lower the speed limit, people just need to abide by the limits that are set," said Patch user . 

Some blame sidewalk conditions:

  • "People can not even walk to the library from the surrounding developments due to the deplorable sidewalk conditions. The road is horrible as far as drivers but give the people a chance to be able to actually walk on the sidewalks," said Patch user

What do you feel is a main cause for pedestrian accidents in Syosset? What are the most dangerous roads and intersections in town? What can the community do to prevent further accidents? Check out the polls below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Grifhunter March 14, 2012 at 08:54 PM
My two cents: In Syosset I commonly observe people walking IN THE STREET. Don't know why. There are sidewalks there and, with the exception of S. Oyster Bay Rd, the sidewalks are sound. Folks walk and run at night, wearing black or dark clothing. They don't seem to realize that when a car is turning, their headlights do not shine in the direction the car is going and they are virtually invisisble. Even worse, when it is raining at night the visiblity is even worse. Why relatively educated and presumably smart people walk in the street is anybodies guess- don't they know that a lot of drivers are drunk, inexperienced, befuddled with medicine, and distracted with phones these days? Why assume someone won't hit you? If you love your family get out of the road.
DDB March 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I still believe that the roads are not to blame. People, whether in a vehicle or not, are not taking the proper care when they go out. I think a more in depth study to show what the people were doing at the time of any incident would show a clearer picture of the problem. As far as the roads being more dangerous. I see more accidents at stop signs or traffic lights than not. That tells me people are not following the rules of the road, and no matter what you do to a road, it won't change much unless you change the people.
Heather Doyle March 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
It seems the general consenses is that the roads are fine, but the people using them must take more care. So what can be done to make people more cautious?
Grifhunter March 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Well you are already doing something by publicizing these hazards. People need to not text or read texts when they drive. Pedestrians need to stay on the sidewalk, cross only at intersections and take those stupid headhones out. (Just wait till electric cars become more common- people will be bouncing off them like pinballs). And of course there is a certain amount of Darwinism at play in these situations, which is rarely solved with more legislation.

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