NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A transportation group has released its list of the Tri-State area’s most dangerous roads for walking.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign found that 1,200 pedestrians were killed on roads in Conn., New Jersey and downstate New York between 2009 and 2011.
In New York, the top three most dangerous roads for pedestrians are the Hempstead Turnpike near Fulton Avenue in Nassau County, all of Broadway in Manhattan and the Jericho Turnpike near Middle Country Road in Suffolk County.
Hempstead Turnpike, also known as Route 24, has the dubious distinction of being named the most dangerous road in the Tri-State Area for walking five years running.
Fourteen fatalities of pedestrians were reported on Hempstead Turnpike from 2009 to 2011.
The study praised New York officials for making the Hempstead Turnpike safer by putting in new crosswalks and other pedestrian safety measures.
“We have seen again and again that relatively low-cost improvements such as the improvements being done to Hempstead Turnpike can save lives,” said Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s executive director.
In addition to new crosswalks, traffic signals and raised islands are among the safety features being added to the Hempstead Turnpike.
John Mahoney, a resident along the roadway, said these features are necessary, but some common sense would help as well.
“Pedestrians, you see them, they’re walking, they’re texting, they’re thinking about everything but crossing the street,” he told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.