Sullivan County faces annual summer pedestrian safety issue

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MONTICELLO – Every summer Sullivan County’s population triples with New York City residents spending the warm months in the Catskills.

The county has few sidewalks, particularly in the rural areas and that poses a problem with pedestrians walking in the middle of the roads.

District Attorney Meagan Galligan said they will be distributing reflectorized material for the residents to wear.

“That is going to be distributed mostly to summer visitors who come and for primarily religious reasons, cannot wear bright clothing, they must wear dark clothing, they are going to be provided with reflective gear,” she said.

Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said the sheriff’s office is providing public outreach to the summer residents.

“People are kind of exploring in the country not knowing where they are going and walking in the middle of the road,” he said.

Some county legislators say that issue is all the more reason to install sidewalks in certain areas of the county.