Weigh in on Massapequa Streets

A tragedy on Merrick Road this week has us wondering what streets you think are dangerous.

On Monday night, a man was in what police said was a hit and run accident.

Merrick Road is one of the busiest in the Massapequas and a section of it has been named among the most

There have also been fatalities involving pedestrians on Sunrise Highway.

We want to know what street in the area you find dangerous. What are you afraid to cross as a pedestrian?

Take our poll below and weigh in with your comments.

Your Neighbor July 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Merrick Road from Route 110 all the way to route 135 9 out of 10 cars exceed the speed limit at all times of the day. It is safer to drive 3 blocks to the store rather then walk.
jean g July 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM
I only drive on Zmerrick road when i absolutely have too. People dpeed chsnge lanes fast stop short for stores its a nitemare
donna July 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
The roads are dangerous because we are distracted in many different ways. Talking, texting, impaired by prescribed drugs , alcohol .... doesn't matter if it's Merrick Road or Sunrise Highway or Wantagh or Merrick....These behaviors will not change unless these people see one of their friends or family hurt or 'God Forbid' worse. Maybe not even that.....who can we blame ? The doctors who prescribe the drugs, the local bartender?....We have to start with ourselves for driving too fast, for just looking down at that text for a second, tailgating....we need to be an example to our children and put that phone down while driving !!! That call or text is not as important as that child riding their bike or crossing the street...maybe the fine for being on the phone while driving should be increased.
Ken July 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Merrick Road is bad. Traffic most of the time is heavy. Drivers don't abide by rules of the road, Courteousness while driving has gone by the wayside. People parking along the curb on Merrick Road fling their doors open as if they were in their own driveway. Making U-turns in a business district is a common practice. While driving down Merrick Road, the driver does not know where to look first. What would work, and would help, would be a limit on parking in the congested areas of Merrick Road. It would not solve all problems, but alleviate a major distraction.
the baby July 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I have to agree with Donna on this and put the responsibility on drivers, not roads. Since I moved back here after living in Manhattan for 30 years, I have had near misses while driving on at least 15 or 20 occasions in 9 months of driving. I am shocked at how aggressively and recklessly people drive, even in residential areas. Recently, while traveling south of Merrick Rd. on Bayview Ave, I was about 10 feet from a stop sign when the jackass who had been riding my tail all along, speeded past me, through the sign, while 2 young kids rode bikes along the opposite side of the street. Are you nuts? If you want to kill yourself, you have my blessing, but get over yourself and STOP trying to take us all with you.
Ed July 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I definitely think Merrick Road is the worst because it is only two lanes each way. When people try to park, it takes away one lane and cars have to go around them.
Jason Molinet July 18, 2012 at 01:35 PM
And in December, an 82-year-old was struck and killed by the Massapequa Park LIRR station http://patch.com/A-pDrs
Tom S. July 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Chalk up two more for Merrick Road. On Tuesday evening just before the Salute to America concert at John Burns Park, two sisters, 16 and 14, were struck by a car and suffered serious injuries. This occurred less than 24 hours after the fatality on Monday night. Merrick Road can frustrate the most patient driver, as those making a left turn must wait for oncoming traffic to dissipate, and drivers who are parking will back up the cars behind them in the right lane. Sometimes you get both things happening. With SO MANY cars on the road now, Its a wonder more pedestrians arent killed, but I always say, This is America, We'd drive to the bathroom if we could,
Kathy Filippelli July 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I moved from the north shore to the south shore a year ago. Everyday I am shocked at the way some people drive on Merrick Road. Most ignore the speed limit and many are texting or talking on their cell phones. I use Merrick Rd. daily and consider it treacherous. What I would like to see is more police presence AND a law against texting while driving. Kathy F.
Mass Mom July 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Last nights accident I really cant see speed being an issue I was about 3 feet away traffic was so bad.. others yes speed and drinking and driving. Praying for those girls and the man from Monday I happen to see the after math of that so sad..
Your Neighbor July 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I see Police stopping vehicles all the time on Merrick Road. But, during off hours. The biggest problem is Merrick Road is used to get around traffic on Sunrise Hwy. Most of the traffic seems to me to be non-residents trying to get to the North/South Conduits Rte 135 and Rte 110. If the Police made more stops between 6am-8am and 4pm to 6pm I think it would help greatly.
Meg July 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I live right behind that shopping center that the horrible accident happened llast night. There neeeds to be a street light at the corner of JOLUDOW ANDD MERRICK RD! Also Nassau county police NEED to post a crossing guard at THAT light during ALL concerts on thee NORTH side of Merrick rd and Public Safety should be posted on thee south side of Merrick road helping cross people during ALL theese concerts People come from the "country" on the North Shore to see these concerts where no one drives like the lunatics on the South Shore and they dont know what to expect. I know, my neices and nephews (my sisters kids) come down here from Ft Salonga all the time and I remind them where they are and be careful around here..its a shame.
Your Neighbor July 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Crossing Guards are a Great Idea MEG but Lets take it a little further. During Concerts why not Close Merrick Road in front of the park to all traffic except entrance into the parking fields only. Most of the times I park blocks away and walk anyway to avoid the Traffic. I think everyone would walk a block to save a Life.
Kristen Ferrari July 18, 2012 at 05:01 PM
There is a light right by Joludow and Merrick as well as another light by Block and Merrick.
Steve July 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
People drive on merrick road like its a highway. Besides the speed the text,talk and whatever else you can do besides drive. They should put red light cameras at every light. The fine for texting or talking on the phone should be raised to a minimum of $500. for first offense plus some jail time or something. Basically it should be treated like drunk driving. There really is not much of a difference.
concerned resident July 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
bob gee July 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM
did you ever see police enforcing speed limits on merrick rd and sunrise highway????????????????? and you never will
Liz July 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Over the years Merrick Road has grown worse than Sunrise Hwy., IMO. Lilke Broadway, there is to much parking on both, and the SUV's are blocking oncoming traffic that you take your life in your hands if you attempt to make a turn either way, without the benefit of being at a light. I know I go out of my way, by a few blocks, to get to a street that has a light, in order to cross both Merrick Road and Broadway becasue the visibility on both is TERRIBLE because of the cars parked on both streets.


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