SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island, N.Y. — A study determined that the state’s most dangerous roads are in Suffolk County. According to the New York Times, traffic experts say that Suffolk County roads were not designed sufficiently to handle the volume of traffic the thoroughfares now handle, dense commercial development, dense residential development, and poor planning are to blame for many of the problems motorists face in Suffolk County. Some groups think that relieving traffic congestion by building wider roads could solve some of the problems. Traffic experts disagree. They say that wider roads mean faster-moving vehicles, which leads to more serious accidents, and does not equate to reduced traffic problems.
Jericho Turnpike is perhaps the most dangerous road in New York State. Jericho Turnpike runs through Smithtown as Main Street. Jericho Turnpike also runs through Riverhead as Main Street, and North Fork as Main Road. Jericho Turnpike is alternately known as Route 25 and Middle County Road in other locations.
No matter the name of the road at a particular location, Jericho Turnpike is dangerous. From 1998 to 2002, 78 people died in accidents on Jericho Turnpike. Sunrise Highway was a close second with 71 fatal crashes during that same timeframe.
Jericho Turnpike beat out other dangerous roads for the dubious top honor as the most lethal. Other infamously dangerous roads include Queens Boulevard and Northern Boulevard, both located in Queens, Broadway in Manhattan, and Hylan Boulevard located on Staten Island.
There are other notorious roads in Suffolk County known for severe crashes and high fatalities. Those roads include the Long Island Expressway and Route 25A.
Neighboring Nassau County is also home to several dangerous roads. The Hempstead Turnpike and the Nassau County stretch of Sunrise Highway account for two out of the state’s ten most dangerous roadways.
One expert opined on the cause of so many deaths on Suffolk Roads. The transportation expert said that Suffolk County is spread out and people spend a lot of time in their cars alternating between suffocating traffic and wide-open roads. Those conditions, the expert argued, create a culture of fast driving in the county.
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