The Most Dangerous Intersections In Erie County

September 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

September 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Some intersections are proving to be dangerous for pedestrians according to a new study by the AARP which surveyed 5 counties in New York State. Erie County is in the lead with the most fatalities and injuries. "In Erie county alone, 45 people were killed while walking or bicycling from 2006 to 2008... 2400 injured," AARP volunteer David Hollen said.

The dangerous intersections in Buffalo include Franklin at Chippewa, Bailey at Walden, and at the top of the list is Abbott at Cazenovia in South Buffalo where a pregnant woman was hit last week. "There's a problem here at this corner," one employee at a nearby hospital said. "I really believe that this is one of the most dangerous corners... a hospital and people are going to be in wheel chairs, walkers, people who need assistance."

"Let me tell you, it's more dangerous than it ever was," one area resident said. "Nobody stops when they make the turns they just keep turning even if you're in the intersection."

"The light turns green before {pedestrians} get across the street," another resident said.

To address these safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists new legislation is pending in Albany right now which would look at ways to improve intersections even before they're built. "This bill... hopefully shortly will be considered by the State Senate," Dennis Kozuch, from Senator Bill Stachowski's office, said. "This bill goes a long way with very little fiscal impact on the state which is very important at this time."

The city of Buffalo says there is work being done on this intersection to increase safety there as well as other areas, since street and foot traffic have been increasing.