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Hempstead Turnpike Named Most Dangerous Road

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A transportation watchdog group has named a 16-mile stretch of Hempstead Turnpike on Long Island as the region's most dangerous road.

The Tri-State Transportation campaign says 415 pedestrians are killed in downstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut every year.

1010 WINS Reporter Carol D'Auria spoke with pedestrians on the Turnpike.


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"They just don't stop and they go too fast and if someone's in their way they'll just run you over," said Jackie who has witnessed accidents from her work which is along the Turnpike.

The group found that between 2007 and 2009, 12 pedestrians were killed on Hempstead Turnpike. The busy highway stretches across Nassau County, from Elmont to Farmingdale. Most of the fatalities were recorded in Elmont, Franklin Square and Hempstead.

"Some ways to fix the roadways would be to have more crosswalks, slow the traffic down, extending the crossing time so people have a longer time to cross," said Kate Slevin, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Broadway in Manhattan was the second most-dangerous, with 11 fatalities.

Also on the list of dangerous roads were US-322 (Blackhorse Pike) in Atlantic County, N.J.; Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn; and Bowery in Manhattan.

US-1 (Boston Post Road) made the list of dangerous Connecticut roads with 6 fatalities in the same period.

Do you believe Hempstead Turnpike is the most dangerous? Tell us which road you think is dangerous in the comment section below...

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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