Report Examines Pedestrian Deaths In NY, NJ
NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – A new national report on pedestrian safety shows the New York, New Jersey area as having some of the country’s most dangerous streets.
The report by Transportation for America, looks at pedestrian fatalities between 2000 and 2009 and found rural and suburban highways often lack sidewalks and crosswalks while motor vehicles travel at high speeds.
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Nassau and Suffolk counties ranked third and fourth in the state for the most pedestrian fatalities.
The report also found that New Jersey’s rural and suburban roads are deadly for pedestrians.
The Garden State was ranked as the 21st most dangerous place to walk, with 1,514 pedestrians killed in accidents between 2000 and 2009.
The group labeled Route 130 in Burlington County as New Jersey’s most dangerous road for pedestrians. At least 17 pedestrians have been killed on the six-lane road since 2006.
Officials say there’s heavy traffic, plenty of stores and limited accessibility for pedestrians.
The New York, northern New Jersey, Long Island area ranked 50th overall for the most dangerous large metro areas for pedestrians.
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