Nassau County is now being called one of the most dangerous places in the country for people age 60 or older, but only if they do one thing: walk.
A new study says for every 100,000 people in this age group, just about five will get struck by a car and die. That study was released Tuesday by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. That number is more than twice the national average.
The odds are even worse on roads like Sunrise Highway and Hempstead Turnpike -- two major six-lane highways.
After the study came out yesterday, safety advocates started pushing for a set of laws they call Complete Streets. What that could do is combine a bunch of designs that make it less likely that people will get hit, like narrower lanes, shorter crossing distances, crosswalk countdown signals, and pedestrian islands.
A bill has passed the Senate Transportation and Finance committees. The assembly still has to vote on this.
So far, 25 states have adopted Complete Streets programs.
Nassau had the fourth-highest fatality rate for pedestrians aged 60 or older. Brooklyn was first, followed by Atlantic County, N.J., and Manhattan.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun