Letter: Hempstead Tpke. signals are too fast

Crossing in the middle of the block, this

Crossing in the middle of the block, this pedestrian makes his way across Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square without the aid of a designated cross walk. (Jan. 11, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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Crosswalks on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown are not set up correctly ["Blame for deaths on dangerous roads," Letters, Feb. 14]. If you try to walk across, you find that as you get to the middle of the road, cars from other directions are crossing your path. Longer red lights are needed to help pedestrians cross safely.

Until the state gets its act together, pedestrians will be in danger. It is generally safer to jaywalk because you get more time to see approaching cars.

Tom Caro, Levittown

Editor's note: The writer is the vice president of the Levittown Property Owners Association.

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