Posted October 03, 2018 12:08:01 As more people are traveling the Long Isle Sound and into the Atlantic, a new study suggests that it is important to pay attention to traffic signs and signals.
According to the American Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,715 traffic fatalities in the area in 2017.
It’s not surprising that the traffic fatalities would be higher when compared to other parts of the United States, said Paul G. Miller, director of the Long Islanders Research Institute.
But Miller also noted that the state has been doing a good job in reducing road traffic fatalities, with the New York State Police reporting that there were fewer fatalities in 2018 than the previous year.
“Long Island’s roads are not the safest, and there’s a lot of work to be done, especially in the short term,” Miller said.
The study is the first to show that the Long Islands are a safe place to drive.
It also found that road users are safer when driving on highways, particularly when using the southbound lanes, which have a lower percentage of speeding motorists.
While most Long Islanders drive at high speeds, the study found that drivers of all ages and abilities are more likely to travel in the speedway lane, and those in the south lane are more frequently injured by other vehicles.
The research found that people who drive in the eastbound lane on the I-95 highway, which passes through the Nassau and Suffolk counties, are 2.6 times more likely than those in that lane to die from a motor vehicle accident.
The lanes also offer a higher rate of injuries and fatalities, according to the study.
“It’s a great safety measure to show we have good traffic safety, and the long-term benefits are really important,” Miller explained.
According the Long Isles Research Institute, the longshoremen and women who operate the Longes Island Lighthouse and Maritime Museum have been at the forefront of efforts to reduce traffic deaths in the region.
The museum’s director, John Kieffer, said he is grateful for the support of the state and federal government to keep the Longs Island Sound safe for those who work there.
“The Long Islanders have done a great job in maintaining this safe environment,” Kiefer said.
“The research we are doing will help us stay safe in the future, and we look forward to continuing to do so.”
The study was published online by the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic and Vehicle Safety.
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