On April 27, 2019, three vehicles were involved in an accident on Long Island Avenue near the intersection of Carlls Path. According to Suffolk Police, three individuals involved in the accident sustained injuries and were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for medical treatment. Police report that a sedan was traveling westbound on Long Island Avenue when the vehicle ran a red light, striking two SUVs traveling on Carlls Path. The impact of the collision caused the sedan to flip multiple times, ejecting the driver who luckily did not sustain serious injuries.
New York City Drivers Run More than One Million Red Lights Each Day
Few recent statistics are available on how many vehicles run red lights daily in New York City. Relying on a 2000 report, New York City motorists run approximately 1.23 million red lights each workday. According to the same report, the worst intersection in Manhattan for motorists running red lights is 79thStreet and Madison Avenue. Additionally, the five worst intersections in Brooklyn are near schools. Of the red light runners, only two (2) percent account for taxis, while the remaining ninety-eight (98) percent account for passenger vehicles.
A 2015 study revealed that approximately one in ten drivers runs a red light in New York City. The study included an observation of 4,379 drivers at fifty (50) randomly selection intersections in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Also, students from Hunter College observed one busy intersection, 50th Street and 7th Avenue, and found that nearly thirty (30) percent of drivers ran a red light, a statistic that may catch many New York City drivers by surprise.
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