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Letters: More cameras, fences along turnpike

Pedestrians step off a newly-built median strip as

Pedestrians step off a newly-built median strip as they cross Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square Thursday, July 11, 2013. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

As a person who works along Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, delivering for UPS, I see what happens there every day ["Pedestrian deaths on Hempstead Tpke.," Letters, June 30].

Drivers run red lights where there are no red-light cameras. They are talking and texting on their cellphones. It's no wonder you put your life on the line when you attempt to cross the turnpike.

But, more police presence would deter speeders, texting and and even jay-walking. It's worth a try, before someone else gets killed.

Vince Iovino, Valley Stream

I read that the state Department of Transportation is spending $2.2 million to make Hempstead Turnpike safer, including wider crosswalks ["Turnpike safety everyone's job," Editorial, June 24].

I've seen many people crossing the street in the middle and not using the crosswalk. I've seen people dragging their feet and getting in the way of traffic.

Two things would help: have police ticket jay-walkers and install fencing along the center median, like near Nassau University Medical Center. The tickets would bring in money for the county, too.

Thomas Henry, Farmingdale