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Letter: Pedestrians too risky in Hempstead

A pedestrian prepares to cross the intersection of

A pedestrian prepares to cross the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and North Franklin Street on Jan. 10, 2012. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

I have lived in Levittown for 62 years ["Hempstead Tpke. signals are too fast," Letters, Feb. 21]. When we were kids, we were taught by our parents and in school to cross at the corner, look both ways and don't jaywalk.

Some fatal accidents on Hempstead Turnpike in the past year were not the fault of the roadway, but of kids crossing in the middle of the road, not looking both ways, texting or being drunk or high.

Yes, there is much more traffic in 62 years, but people have to be smart and obey rules about crossing. The turnpike should not get such a bad rap.

Barbara Johnson, Levittown