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Most Dangerous Campus Street

High accident toll echoes Mom's advice: look both ways before crossing Comstock Ave.

Pedestrians and drivers beware — Comstock Avenue is Syracuse University’s most dangerous street. 

“In the past year, I’ve probably seen half a dozen (accidents),” said Bryan Sidoni, a local resident and underwriter at WAER-FM, located just a block from Comstock. “A lot of it is the result of absent-minded people.”

SU’s public safety blotter shows Comstock experiences the most accidents of any street on campus. The Department of Public Safety attributes the number of accidents to its high traffic volume and makes yearly efforts to raise awareness about safety, said Cpl. Cleveland McCurty of DPS.

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In 2011, DPS recorded 23 accidents on Comstock Avenue and three traffic infractions, including one incident of driving while intoxicated. So far in 2012, there have been seven traffic-related incidents, according to the DPS blotter.

During the morning and evening rush hours, pedestrians flood Comstock, while cars, trucks and buses use Comstock as an artery through the city. The combination often leads to motor vehicle accidents. In recent years, the accident victims rarely suffered worse than bumps or bruises, McCurty said.

The speed limit is 30 mph, consistent with the nearby city streets.

Each semester, DPS urges students through awareness campaigns to be alert when crossing campus streets.

 “You have to get people to pay attention, and not to just walk,” McCurty said.

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