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Westchester Twice As Hazardous For Pedestrians As Rockland, Says New Survey

State Route 9A at Route 117 in Mount Pleasant. A new survey reported that Route 9A was the most dangerous road for pedestrians to cross. Three of Westchester County's 25 pedestrian fatalities in 2012-2014 were on different stretches of Route 9A.
State Route 9A at Route 117 in Mount Pleasant. A new survey reported that Route 9A was the most dangerous road for pedestrians to cross. Three of Westchester County's 25 pedestrian fatalities in 2012-2014 were on different stretches of Route 9A. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

Pedestrians are twice as likely to get killed crossing roadways in Westchester County than in Rockland, according to a three-year survey of federal traffic fatalities.

Pedestrian fatality totals were much lower in Putnam and Dutchess counties, and much higher in New York City and Long Island, according to the study released this week by a non-profit advocacy group.

Among the Tri-State Transportation Campaign's findings for 2012 through 2014:

-- Putnam County only had two pedestrian fatalities in three years.

-- Dutchess had seven pedestiran fatalities, all in different parts of the county.

-- Rockland County had 11 fatalities, also distributed countywide.

-- Westchester had 25 fatalities but only one road (State Route 9A) was rated "a dangerous road." There were three pedestrian fatalities on different stretches of Route 9A -- in Cortlandt, Briarcliff and Elmsford. The remainder of Westchester's pedestrian fatals were distributed countywide with seven of 25 in different parts of the City of Yonkers.

Predictably, pedestrians are more likely to get killed crossing busy streets in New York City or Long Island, according to the survey.

During the three-year period, TSTC reported there were 132 pedestrian fatalities in Queens, 129 in Brooklyn, 116 in Suffolk County, 94 in Nassau County, 91 in Manhattan and 70 in the Bronx.

Return to Daily Voice for more county-by-county details of pedestrian fatalities.

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