EAST NORTHPORT, NY- Longisland.com* reports that a teenager was severely injured when he was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Police have arrested the driver, Janet Aliperti, 57.
The victim, a 14-year-old boy from Northport,was walking west on Laurel Hill Road when he was struck bya 2005 Honda at about 8:06 a.m. The boy was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.
Aliperti, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for “Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rdDegree, Operation While Registration is Suspended and Unlicensed Vehicle.”
Statistics** indicate that fewer pedestrians were killed on Long Island last year than in 2016. In Suffolk, pedestrian deaths dropped from 139 in 2016 to 100. In Nassau,fatalities dropped from 79 deaths to 71 in 2017.
Experts state that the decline is the result of several factors. The Suffolk County Police Chief believes that enforcing traffic laws such as the speed limit play a large role in making the roadways safer. When cars travel at a higherspeed, there is a greater chance of resulting accidents involving a fatality or severe injuries. New York also installed red-light cameras, which help enforce traffic laws even when the police are not there to witness a violation.
Other factors that help make the roads safer include better training for emergency responders and vehicles that are equipped with better safety features.
While there have been signs of improvements, safety advocacy groups including Vision Long Island argue that more must be done to protect cyclists and pedestrianson Long Island’s roadways.
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