Another Wrong-Way Driver On Long Island

WEST BABYLON, NY (WCBS 880) – There has been another case of wrong-way driving in Suffolk County, Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

This time, a 43-year-old North Bellmore man identified by Suffolk County police as Bogdan Mychajlyszyn, was arrested after going in the wrong direction on Sunrise Highway and crashing into another car in West Babylon.

It’s scary and it seems like you hear about it everyday on Long Island.

Deana Cohen, a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says there is only one solution – more cops, especially in Suffolk County.

“There are not enough cops on the roads – the Long Island Expressway, Sunrise Highway – out major thouroughfares where most of the wrong-way drivers have been traveling on,” Cohen told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Cohen says sober people are becoming afraid to get behind the wheel. She says that if you want change, pick up your phone and call “from the governor on down, call the police commissioner. More cops and more outrage by the public.”

More from Sophia Hall
  • Jim

    There were plenty more drunk and stoned people on the road on Long Island in the 1970’s than there are today. People have lost their jobs, minds, money and what little dignity they had – and Islanders never had that much to begin with. What good is it to hand out minimum sentences for ‘drunk’ people that were driving fine and did not cause an accident or hurt someone? What good is it when someone with a 2nd grade education can come to New York, take a drivers license test in their own language, and get behind the wheel of a Suburban? What good is it to put a 4′ 9″ Korean woman behind the wheel of an Escallade? I can consume 5 to 7 pints of beer with food over a 2 hour period and drive better than 90% of people on Long Island.

    I like the fact that I can do 85mph on the LIE past exit 66 – the road can handle it

  • JD

    hie eyes are glassy and red.



  • Just axin'

    Was Bogdan’s mom or dad a french bulldog?

  • Rob

    No one says he was drunk. Maybe the problem was the signs where not cleared from the Snow. Maybe The Local government did not do their job and they should be arrested.

    Instead of the Cops looking to arrest someone, they should have been helping in the snow. Like the old days cops used to help people

  • JD

    @teetotaler – there you go – perfect.
    Get them before they drive!

  • Sergeant Friday

    More cops in Suffolk County?
    Better talk to the midget, Levy, about that.
    The LIE is now like an Indy 500 test strip, since the midget put the Sheriff’s Department out there.
    Deal with it, and if you see one of these drunks, call 911, and wait.

  • bubba

    they are just misguided people who make mistakes. its a tough world and hard working people dont make it any easier for them. if we were all lazy and sat around getting drunk and making babies then it would become accepted and we could all get along. lets all lower the standards even more so nobody has to feel bad. we do it for everything else

  • Richard Erle

    Hard to get strict because juries, cops, others in the legal system, politicians think, “There but for the grace of God go I

  • Gregg

    What the hell, not again ? If you are drunk or stoned -Don’t Drive ! Seems simple enough. The book should be thrown at them !

  • Queens NY

    Stricter DWI laws and penalties are what is necessary. Judges and DAs let people off too easy. They need to suspend licenses for six months for a first offense, and they need to stick to it. Cant get to work? Too bad. Cant get to the store? Too bad. It will keep repeat offenders off the road, and deter people. Having enough police to be everywhere is unrealistic, as is having people stand outside of bars all night long (seriously teetotaler?). You’ll never stop everyone, but the more you deter, the better off you are.

    • Nick

      Drunks are treated leniently because the judges, DA, cops and politicians are all lying drunkards themselves. There will never be tough laws against these murderous drunks.

      • Kem

        You are absolutely correct. As an attorney, I have to agree that drinking (and drugs) is a huge problem in this profession. Since this is a recognized problem amongst the same people who enforce the law, I can’t see any lawmaker pushing harsher penalties against drunk driving (although we need it)… anytime soon. I do hope that one day this will change…and I guess it can only start from the small minority that recognizes this problem.

  • teetotaler

    It’s not cops on the road that will end DWI. It’s volunteers posted outside drinking establishments that will follow tipsy patrons to their vehicles and call the cops.

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