Author: Francis Kelley/Mon, Jul 22, 2013/Categories: Long Island Accidents

accidnets_yaphank_woman_killedThe dangerous roadways in Suffolk County, N.Y., claimed another life over the weekend and another man is clinging to life after sustaining critical injuries in the same auto accident.

The Associated Press is reporting that a 22-year-old woman died when the car she was a passenger in veered out of control on Horseblock Road in Yaphank, N.Y., on Saturday evening. The driver of that car, a 23-year-old man, is currently in critical condition.

The auto accident occurred on Saturday just after 7:30 p.m. in Yaphank. The car that lost control on Horseblock Road swerved into oncoming traffic and struck two other vehicles, another car and a van. The people in those vehicles were reportedly treated at local hospitals for minor injuries, authorities told AP.

Dangers On Suffolk Country Roads

We’ve been reporting on the dangers facing drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians on Suffolk County roads. New York authorities have recorded more deaths on Suffolk County roadways than any other on Long Island, particularly on the Southern State Parkway. One stretch of that road has been dubbed “Blood Alley” by some emergency officials because of the frequency of fatal accidents.

According to our recent reports, authorities in New York this summer have been cracking down on two of the leading causes of many accidents: drunk driving and distracted driving (or texting while driving).

In Long Island, over the Memorial Day weekend, more than 130 people were arrested on Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges and many were caught through stepped-up enforcement programs that targeted holiday drivers.

New Laws To Punish Distracted Drivers

In the past few weeks, too, New York has passed laws that impose stiffer penalties on drivers who text on their cellphones when behind the wheel. License suspensions for newer drivers and more license points for experienced motorists were among the enhancements announced recently, according to our reports. In addition, New York state police have launched at least 30 unmarked vehicles specifically looking for distracted drivers.

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