“This can be a pure subsequent step in reaching a safer freeway,” stated New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, D-North Valley Stream, who’s sponsoring the “S.O.S. Security on Southern State” invoice.
If authorised, the invoice would permit for the designation of the Southern State Parkway as a “Freeway Security Hall.” The parkway would get extra signage, would have an elevated police presence and better monetary penalties for drivers. Pace cameras is also an possibility.
“We see time and time once more that there are fatalities on the freeway,” Solages stated. “There are a number of accidents, wrong-way drivers. It is one thing we see over and over and we will not simply sit right here and say, ‘Oh, it is driver conduct.’ We have to act.”
On Tuesday, 75-year-old Richard Riggs, of Holbrook, was killed close to exit 39 in Babylon. Police say individuals driving a stolen Vary Rover triggered a multi-vehicle accident which killed Riggs.
The suspects obtained into one other automobile and fled the scene. Police are nonetheless in search of them.
Final month, a person was killed close to exit 38 when somebody rear-ended his automobile.
In line with state officers, within the final two years, greater than 1,700 crashes have been reported on the Southern State Parkway and greater than 12 individuals have been killed.
“We won’t change the parkway,” stated New York State Senator John Brooks, D-Massapequa, who’s sponsoring the invoice within the Senate. “We have to change the principles that we use for the parkway.”
“The ‘S.O.S. Security on Southern State’ invoice will probably be an enormous first step in making a safer commute on Lengthy Island for all households,” stated the Lengthy Island Contractor’s Affiliation Govt Director Marc Herbst. “Let’s get this finished earlier than we lose much more life.”
Incorrect-way drivers have additionally plagued the Southern State. In September, two individuals have been killed in North Massapequa by a wrong-way driver.
These with the New York State Division of Transportation not too long ago studied signage on the doorway and exit ramps of the Parkway. Individuals have usually pointed to the the indicators as not being vital sufficient to discourage incorrect method drivers.
The examine, launched in March, decided satisfactory security measures exist to discourage incidents of incorrect method driving on the Parkway. The examine discovered impaired drivers have been responsible.
“Whereas I’m happy that the connected report concludes that the Southern State Parkway has applicable security measures in place to discourage incidents of incorrect method driving, we won’t be happy till the variety of incidents are diminished to zero,” wrote DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez in her cowl letter with the report.
Brooks stated he is had sufficient of the research.
“Once we do these stories and research we come again and mainly, defensively, say we have finished what wanted to do,” he stated.
These with the State DOT stated greater than 400 security enhancements have been accomplished alongside the Southern State Parkway over the past three years starting from new indicators to extremely reflective lane markings.
A spokesperson for the DOT stated the division doesn’t touch upon pending laws.
Solages and Brooks are hopeful the invoice will go the following legislative session.
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