The Nassau County Traffic and Safety Committee teamed up with the families of two teenagers who were killed crossing busy thoroughfares in New York to create a video to educate people about pedestrian safety. The video is one of several initiatives that the Traffic and Safety Committee has undertaken in response to a high number of pedestrian fatalities resulting from attempts to cross the Hempstead Turnpike.
In the video, the friends and family of Lauren Davis and Brittany Vega discuss the difficulty of losing their loved ones and the importance of designing roads with pedestrian safety in mind. They also talk about safe ways to cross highways, such as crossing only at crosswalks and paying attention to traffic before stepping into the road. Davis, 18, died while crossing the Hempstead Turnpike in 2009, and Vega was killed crossing Sunrise Highway in 2010.
In 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Complete Streets Act, which requires state, county, and local agencies to take into consideration the “convenience and mobility of all users” when designing transportation projects that receive state and federal funding.
Bob Molloy, chief financial officer of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of the Nassau County Traffic and Safety Committee.