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Rash of Treacherous Driving Hits Syosset

What do you do when you witness erratic driving?

In the past week, we reported on five separate accidents in Syosset and the surrounding neighborhoods. Over the course of four days, we reported on five serious traffic issues. Some of the cases, like the Wyandanch and Bohemia men, involved criminal charges. Others, like the woman being airlifted to a hospital after crashing into a tree, were everyday accidents with potentially deadly outcomes.


  • Nassau County Police pulled over a Wyandanch man on the Long Island Expressway in nearby Plainview Sunday morning after seeing him weave through traffic at speeds exceeding 110 mph.

  • Two were hospitalized in a Jericho Turnpike crash Tuesday evening involving a car and a motorcycle, according to the Syosset Fire Department.

  • Two were injured when a sedan and SUV collided at Jericho Turnpike and Jackson Avenue Wednesday morning. This is the second accident at a Jericho Turnpike intersection in one day, after a motorcycle accident sent two people to the hospital Tuesday night.

  • A woman had to be extracted from her car and airlifted to the hospital after striking a tree on Woodbury Road near Yukon Drive Thursday evening.

  • A Suffolk County man with a 4-year-old passenger was arrested by Nassau County Police in Woodbury Wednesday night and charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

While not all of these instances stemmed from erratic driving, the spike in serious traffic accidents is a cause for concern.

When you witness erratic or dangerous driving, what do you do? Do you honk and throw a few gestures at the other driver? Or do you immediately notify police to try to prevent an accident? Is there a particular time that driving made you so concerned you called police?

Vote in the poll below and give us your thoughts in the comments!

john k June 26, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Every day I witness very aggressive driving behavior around jackson avenue in the vicinity of the lirr station running red lights cutting through parking lights turning from the wrong lanes tailgating speeding. Its very demoralizing for the community it reinforces the notion that syosset is full of self centered nasty aggressive people and that syosset is an unpleasant place to live. I wish our highly paid police force could help by policing us as we are unable to show any concern for each other on our own.
Virgo25 June 27, 2012 at 09:39 PM
There are many fine, upstanding, wonderful people in this town. And they do not deserve to be endangered by drivers who think their phone call is more important than their driving. Tougher cell phone restrictions - including hands-free -- are in order. HANG UP AND DRIVE. Two hands on the wheel, and two eyes on the road.

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