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These 10 roads can be real killers

There are more than 2.8 million people residing in Long Island, and many are motorists who drive along the 5,300 state highway lane miles or cross one of its 546 bridges. So it’s no surprise that car accidents are a major issue.

There are more than 2.8 million people residing in Long Island, and many are motorists who drive along the 5,300 state highway lane miles or cross one of its 546 bridges. So it’s no surprise that car accidents are a major issue.

According to the Tri-State Campaign, Jericho Turnpike in Suffolk County tops the list of most dangerous roads for Long Island drivers based on motorist fatalities, followed by Sunrise Highway and the Southern State Parkway.

“There’s a lot of overlap between dangerous roads for pedestrians and dangerous roads for motorists,” Michelle Ernst, a staff analyst for the Tri-State-Campaign, told Metro. “There’s a lot of strip malls across Long Island, and when you have a constant stream of people turning in and out of them there’s a lot of opportunity for collision — and high travel speed doesn’t help, either.”

Others think motorists should look in their own rearview mirror for the reason behind the deaths.

“There’s nothing wrong with Long Island roads,” said New York State Police trooper Sgt. James Needham. “It’s the drivers that make them dangerous.”

“The parkways [Northern State, Southern State] are dangerous because of aggressive drivers,” he added. “Robert Moses designed those parkways for families going to the beach, or people from the city who want to take a drive to the country at a leisurely pace. They are not built for high-speed travel.”

Dangerous roads

Top 10 most dangerous roads for Long Island drivers, based on most recent data on motorist fatalities from 2007 to 2009:

1. Jericho Turnpike, Middle Country Road, Main road: 25 fatalities
2. Sunrise Highway/Suffolk County CR-39, Montauk Highway: 23 fatalities
3. Southern State Parkway: 20 fatalities
4. I-495 — Long Island Expressway: 13 fatalities
5. 25A — Northern Boulevard, North Hempstead Turnpike: 13 fatalities
6. 908M — Southern State Parkway, Heckscher State Parkway: 11 fatalities
7. 908G/Nassau County/Northern State Parkway: 10 fatalities
8. 27A – Carman’s Road, Montauk Highway: 10 fatalities
9. 908G/Northern State Parkway, Suffolk County: 10 fatalities
10. Sunrise Highway/Nassau County: 8 fatalities

 
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