The Taconic State Parkway has been named the deadliest road in New York State, according to the travel site OnlyInYourState. The 104-mile highway runs through four counties – Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia – and has been the scene of more than 2,000 crashes in a three-year span.
The parkway, which nearly parallels the Hudson River, was designed to be a scenic route for cars going much slower than today’s casual speeds. Most of the highway is made up of two tight lanes that can be challenging to navigate, especially during bad weather. Despite this, it is a heavily-traveled road for local commuters and vacationers going back and forth between New York, the Berkshires, and New England.
Speeding is a major problem on the Taconic State Parkway. State troopers have written nearly 54,000 tickets to people traveling along the parkway in the last seven years, mostly in Westchester and Putnam counties. In addition, in the three years ending in July 2014, 2,080 crashes took place on the parkway, also primarily in Putnam and Westchester counties.
The highway is infamous for people ending up on the wrong side of the road. One of the most notorious such crashes occurred in 2009 when a minivan drove nearly two miles the wrong way before crashing head-on into an SUV. Eight people died in what was said to be Westchester’s worst motor vehicle accident in 75 years. More recently, a 22-year-old White Plains man was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after he went the wrong way on the Taconic in Mount Pleasant and plowed into another car, injuring the other driver.
Earlier this month a 71-year-old Pleasantville man drove off the Taconic in Yorktown and died after his car struck a tree. Just hours before, on the same day, a 25-year-old Cortlandt Manor man narrowly escaped death after his car also left the parkway and struck a tree. He had to be extricated by emergency crews. State police said he appeared to have been speeding.
A person found driving on the wrong side of a highway can be charged with reckless driving, among other things. Reckless driving is a serious crime and a conviction could mean up to 30 days in jail, plus nearly $400 in fines and five points on your license. If you or a loved one has been charged with reckless driving or any other traffic related offense in New York, you must retain a skilled attorney to help fight the serious consequences you may face. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced criminal defense and traffic attorneys who will work for you to make sure your legal rights are protected. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm for a free consultation about your case today.