Westchester Launches Task Force To Investigate Frequent Wrong-Way Crashes

Peter Haskell
February 13, 2020 - 4:08 pm
Bronx River Parkway

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HARRISON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Wrong-way crashes have become too common in Westchester County and lawmakers want answers as to why the dangerous accidents keep happening.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports, twice in the last two weeks, a driver crashes into another car because they were traveling in the wrong direction on a county roadway. In one instance, two people were killed.

County Executive George Latimer says the crashes frequently happen on the Bronx River Parkway and wants to look at the possible causes for the incidents.

“An intersection or entrance or exit isn't properly signed, isn't proper lighted, or there's something about it that makes it hard for the driver to see what the proper level of entrance is,” he says.

The county has forced a task force that will be made up of residents and elected officials to examine all entrance and exit ramps on the roadway.

“You sit around with your friends and a cup of coffee, and everybody's got a way to improve traffic flow and so forth, so we wanna tap some of that energy,” Latimer said of including residents on the task force.

Latimer hopes to bring improvements to state and federal highways as well.

Westchester is examining the Bronx River Parkway because the county technically owns the roadway.