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Talk Back: How Do We Make Local Roads Safer?

In light of recent tragedy, community members are calling for stricter traffic control.

Following the tragic accident that took the life of West Islip teen Thomas Labetti last week, members of the community are demanding that more safety measures be taken on local roads.

A Change.org petition has been established by local resident Nanci DeLucia, urging Islip Town Department of Public Works Commissioner Thomas Owens make Udall Road safer for pedestrians by installing a light and crosswalk near the Sunrise Highway intersection. Within days, the petition garnered almost 750 signatures.

DeLucia also wrote a post on Patch calling for drivers to slow down and pay attention. The post has fostered a discussion on local road safety, with many readers agreeing that something needs to be done.

Whether it's a crosswalk, installing traffic lights, driver safety courses or stronger enforcement, we want to know what you think can be done to improve the safety of West Islip's roads. Let us know in the comments below.

JD October 02, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Maybe more police presence instead of parking behind the fire dept or in the church, sit at the busy spots, at high traffic times.
BJK October 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Always a stupid comment from someone who probably is living in moms basement.
Ecar Iksar October 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Well, only one day after Tom's funeral, a black Camaro driven by an employee of LI Ninjitsu went speeding down Udall Road, cutting off one car and passing two others by crossing over the yellow line. Absolutely classless, disgraceful and irresponsible to the community that keeps them in business.

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