Road safety to improve at site of Smi...

Road safety to improve at site of Smithtown tragedy

There are 50 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 25, 2008, titled Road safety to improve at site of Smithtown tragedy. In it, Newsday reports that:

Eight months after a tragic traffic accident took the lives of three teenagers on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown, the state Department of Transportation will unveil plans Thursday designed to improve safety on a ...

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Fact

United States

#45 Jun 26, 2008
MELVILLE wrote:
You people make me sick.
That stretch of road is and always was a death trap. EVERYONE speeds along it. Unfortunatley for that kid he had a horrific accident that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. My sympathies go out to all the families who lost a loved one in that accident and for the family of the boy that was driving.
As always too little is done too late. Unfortunately it takes a catastrophic event to even consider fixing something that has been so wrong.
Umm ok no you are retarded. Fact- that road is dangerous. Fact- hundreds of people drive it every day. If it was the roads fault then every person who drove that road would be in an accident everyday. Or at the very least there would be things like this happening more often. Fact- you stated it yourself the reason that road is so bad is because it is a speed trap.....hmmm lets think about this does the road move or the cars? The cars! who is making the cars move?.....come on say it with me the DRIVERS!!!!! It is and has always been the drivers fault. If you do 90 and you get into an accident which leads to the death of another human being you do not deserve anyones sympathies. That kid should have been the one to die. This was his fault not the roads. He choose to speed, the road didn't make him. Plain and simple.
Common Sense

Conway, SC

#46 Jun 26, 2008
CHOW BELLA wrote:
Bank the curves and
eliminate the speed limit!
Put some sponsor decals all over your car and, presto!, NACSAR right there in Suffolk County!!!

YEE, HAW!!!!
Common Sense

Conway, SC

#47 Jun 26, 2008
OOPS!! NASCAR, not NACSAR
Seer

Hauppauge, NY

#48 Jun 26, 2008
That road is dangerous because people speed and it does not have any room for driver error. The loss of life and injuries are very sad, but I think that the DOT should be able to fix this without Senator Flanagan blah-blah-blahing.

Hey Senator, how about staying in Albany and prevent Skelos from his pork spending, get businesses to come to NY and legalize gambling.
tired of it

Andover, NJ

#49 Jun 26, 2008
Oh yeah, spend thousands just because a few inexperienced drivers crashed. How stupid.

Natural selection took care of the problem already, don't mess with a road that is Ok as-is.
booker t

Andover, NJ

#50 Jun 26, 2008
""""Flanag an commended the DOT for its response to problems along the part of Jericho Turnpike that runs through Caleb Smith State Park. "How do you get people to pay attention? How do you get them to slow down?""""

Simple; LAW ENFORECEMNT
kitkat

United States

#51 Jun 26, 2008
I have grown up really close to this stretch of road and it is really scary, I never ever drive on the inside lane, I don't know what it is about that section but people just fly down it and it seems like they are coming right at you. There used to be only 2 yellow lines dividing it a while back they put an additional 2, I guess they thought that would solve the problem, but it still never felt any safer to me, and I guess everybody else. I think making the lanes wider would be great, but putting a divider in the road would be an even better idea.

I didn't have an open campus policy where I went to schol and I would say thats the way to go. I'll admit in high school I thought I was the best driver in the world, nothing could have been further from the truth, so its better to keep those crazy speeding teens in school all day, they just don't think of the consequences of thier actions that much at that age.
dom

Lexington, KY

#52 Jun 26, 2008
MELVILLE wrote:
You people make me sick.
That stretch of road is and always was a death trap. EVERYONE speeds along it. Unfortunatley for that kid he had a horrific accident that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. My sympathies go out to all the families who lost a loved one in that accident and for the family of the boy that was driving.
As always too little is done too late. Unfortunately it takes a catastrophic event to even consider fixing something that has been so wrong.
Ah yes, the old "all the kids are doing it" defense. Very convincing. That attitude makes ME sick.
jsd

Long Beach, NY

#53 Jun 27, 2008
Four solid yellow lines will not stop a 4000 lb vehicle from crossing over into oncoming traffic. A Jersey barrier or steel guardrail would provide better protection against cross-over accidents; however, speed is really an issue that needs to be addressed for that section of 25.
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This is all about the money. Who will pay for the work? C'mon folks can't you see that?
dom

Mineral, VA

#54 Jun 27, 2008
jsd wrote:
Four solid yellow lines will not stop a 4000 lb vehicle from crossing over into oncoming traffic. A Jersey barrier or steel guardrail would provide better protection against cross-over accidents; however, speed is really an issue that needs to be addressed for that section of 25.
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This is all about the money. Who will pay for the work? C'mon folks can't you see that?
Put everyone in a giant bubble at birth to shield them from the consequences of any of their own stupid actions, and then surround them with lawyers. Gee, sounds like we're nearly there already. DEATH to personal responsibility.

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