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Letters: Many roads aren't for walkers

As traffic moves along Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont,

As traffic moves along Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, a pedestrian signal counts down at the intersection with Elmont Road. (Sept. 13, 2012) Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Can we just say the politically incorrect thing regarding pedestrians who are hit by cars on Hempstead Turnpike, Sunrise Highway, Route 110 and Middle Country Road ["LI's most dangerous roads," News, Feb. 26]?

Many of the pedestrians crossing these roads are people who, because of poverty, youth, old age or a combination of these, do not have cars.

They must travel on foot or catch buses. These roads are not meant for pedestrians.

When I moved here in 1955, the land around Route 110 and Sunrise Highway was mostly potato farms. One never saw pedestrians, because there was nowhere to walk to: no stores, no businesses, no office buildings, nothing. Now these roads are chock-full of these things, and we are amazed that people are hit by cars.

We can do all the redesigning of roads we want. Unless we bite the bullet and put up pedestrian bridges at the most troubled intersections, and make pedestrians use them, as Queens and Brooklyn have done, the slaughter will continue.

Gloria Mason, Lindenhurst

Most of the blame in deaths and injuries lies with the drivers. Drivers are on their phones and texting. Some are driving at excessive speeds.

If we work on those two problems, there would be fewer injuries and deaths. Wake up, people.

Paul E. Kerns, Bayport