Students still prefer to cross Hempstead Turnpike using crosswalk

West Pedestrian Bridge at Hofstra

West Pedestrian Bridge at Hofstra

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign lists Hempstead Turnpike as the deadliest road for pedestrians this year for the fourth time since 2008. A total of 32 people have died and more than 400 have been injured as a result of accidents involving pedestrians in the last five years.

Hofstra University offers three covered crossings across the turnpike to help students avoid crossing the road itself but more often than not, you’ll find the bridges to the east and west of the campus fairly desolate. Students are using the crosswalk below instead.

Anuraj George, a 21-year-old manufacturing engineering major at SUNY Farmingdale attends ROTC at Hofstra and was one of the few people using the West Pedestrian Bridge one recent evening.

He said he can’t imagine not using the bridge. “One – the cars don’t even stop for anybody that’s walking. They could care less if they hit somebody, the just keep moving anyway. And two – it’s Long Island…People on Long Island don’t know how to drive.”

Beside the fact that Anuraj George was aware of the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike, he also claims it’s easier to walk the bridge than to wait for the light to turn green on the crosswalk.

To see footage of the bridge, Hempstead Turnpike, and Anuraj George’s guess on why students don’t appreciate the safe option of the bridge, check out the video.