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New 'No Turn on Red' Signs Installed on Hempstead Turnpike

New signs are part of initiative to enhance safety on the street.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has installed a number of new "No Turn on Red" signs on Hempstead Tpke. and other streets as part of a "multi-agency initiative to enhance safety on the street."

The signs were added recently and aim to improve pedestrian visibility and safety, according to Eileen Peters, NYSDOT Public Information Officer.

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No Turn on Red signs are currently being installed at an additional 142 locations between the Nassau/Queens border and NY Route 110 to bring the total to 232 locations.

"These NTOR signs also work in conjunction with the leading pedestrian intervals that are being installed on NY Route 24 at traffic signals to encourage motorists to yield the right of way to pedestrians, and also give pedestrians a head start in crossing a street before vehicles are given a green light to proceed," Peters said.

In 2012,  a report by the Tri-State Transportation Corporation (TSTC) rated Hempstead Tpke. as the most dangerous road in the region.

A number of pedestrians have been struck crossing the street. 19-year-old Island Trees High School student Peter Thearle was killed crossing Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiners Avenue on June 6, 2011, and 16-year-old Anthony D'Alessandro was struck and killed crossing Hempstead Turnpike near Division Avenue in April of 2012.

Do you think the new No Turn on Red signs will help improve safety on the streets? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
det2659 January 11, 2013 at 02:07 PM
I see some locations where the sign reads NO TURN ON RED WHEN PEDESTRIANS ARE PRESENT. Why couldn't that work? See the traffic bog down at the right turn from the Colony Diner. You just may have to wait for a signal light change. And there has NEVER been a pedestrian issue at this turn. Guess the 'saving gasoline' reasoning no longer counts.
chooch January 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM
No turn on red out of the target parking lot! Are you serious! The traffic in that parking lot was bad enough, now it's a nightmare. Nobody walks on long island everyone drives. Dumb ass move by the multiagencies involved. I bet not one of them lives in the area.
philip g January 25, 2013 at 06:12 AM
More signs????How dumb does Kate M. think we are!!
Rocco January 25, 2013 at 07:39 AM
OK TOWN government here is something that is smart. North Jerusalem Rd Westbound at Gardners ave. N/E corner where cars make right to go North On Gardners Ave---HERE is where you need a no turn on red. During school hours it is very difficult for the crossing guard and students to cross this intersection. There are only two lanes going west and the right lane has an arrow at the light for cars turning right. This is not a right turn only lane. If you are in that lane and arrow comes on and you want to proceed west the cars behind you start beeping. Also cars go fast making that turn with the arrow and i have seen accidents into cars waiting south on Gardners Ave light. Plus the safety issue --YES REAL SAFETY ISSUES HERE TOWN ARE YOU LISTENING - KIDS CROSSING FROM GARDNERS AVE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL. Don't you think this intersection needs it?? Your engineers live in a bubble and should come out and look at this when school lets out not at 10 am when traffic is light. Safety for kids is number 1 remember.
wakeup kate February 13, 2013 at 01:16 PM
The real problem here is the local stores selling beer and alcohol to minors The teens then play a game of chicken and run across the turnpike. I guess Kate put these signs up so that people can stop and see the NICE BRICKS that she put all over the place in front of empty stores. On Division ave use some common sense INSTALL A WALKWAY OVER THE TOP OF THE TURNPIKE. This can also be installed on Gardners ave as well as the area by Target. 3 overpass walkways would save a lot of pedestrian accidents on the turnpike


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