MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island’s two counties are among the tops in New York state for auto fatalities, and officials and safety advocates say increased enforcement can’t be the only solution. Newsday reports data from the Albany-based Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research show Suffolk County led the state with 113 people killed last year and Nassau County was third behind Queens, with 78. Human factors such as excessive speed are considered the overwhelming factor. Police in both counties are trying to crack down more on reckless driving, but safety advocates say roadway design changes need to be part of the solution as well.
Photo: Damaged vehicles and debris are strewn across the Long Island Expressway following a chain reaction crash on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Shirley, N.Y. At least one person was killed and 32 injured. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)