HAUPPAUGE, Long Island, N.Y. — Suffolk County Police are investigating a severe motor vehicle crash that resulted in at least one person suffering severe injuries. The New York Patch reported that the accident occurred around 8:20 on a Friday morning. The initial reports suggest that those two vehicles were involved. There was no further information about this Long Island crash immediately available.
Fatal crashes on Long Island declined in 2017 from previous years. Long Island News 12 reported that in Suffolk County, 94 crashes occurred resulting in at least one fatality. The total number of people who lost their lives in Suffolk County in 2017 was 100. By comparison, 139 people died in 121 crashes during 2016.
Nassau County saw similar success reducing traffic deaths in 2017. In 2017, 66 crashes claimed 71 lives. However, in 2016, 73 crashes took 79 lives in Nassau County.
Experts cite numerous reasons for fewer fatalities in 2017 compared to previous years. Increased speeding enforcement, greater use of red-light cameras for enforcement of traffic violations, more traffic congestion which slows vehicles down, better training for Emergency Medical Services, and enhanced crash safety technology in new cars all contribute to lowering the death rate on Long Island roads.
Experts are not claiming victory. Law enforcement officers say that the largest challenge facing them is distracted driving and texting while driving. Distracted driving places the motorist at risk as well as all other motorists, pedestrians, and bicycle riders using the road.
The DMV for the State of New York published statistical analysis of speed-related crashes. Statewide in 2017, 933 motor vehicle crashes involved at least one fatality. The research shows that speeding was a major contributing factor in 271 of 933 fatal accidents. Not surprisingly, 68% of drivers involved in speeding crashes causing a fatality or a personal injury were male, and 32% of drivers involved in a speeding crash resulting in a fatality or person injury were between the ages of 20 and 30.
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