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Pedestrian Fatalities up 57 Percent in San Antonio


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According to KSAT, pedestrian-related traffic fatalities are up 57 percent in 2016 compared to the same time period last year in San Antonio.

“Shortcuts can Kill,” says SAPD

So far this year, there have been 44 fatal pedestrian accidents in San Antonio. At this time last year, there were 28 deaths.

In all of 2015, 46 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents.

City officials introduced Vision Zero last year, which hopes to eliminate traffic deaths on city streets completely. Although deaths are up over last year, a spokeswoman for Transportation and Capital Improvements told KSAT that they have made progress.

Engineering studies and improvements to dangerous roadways and intersections are in the crosshairs for 2017, as the city has budgeted $1 million to tackle these issues.

San Antonio Police told KSAT that many of these fatalities occur at night and outside of designated crosswalks. Pedestrians should take caution when crossing streets, to use crosswalks, and cross where it is well lit.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes. An estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males in 2014.
  • Pedestrian fatalities in 2014 were highest in California (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).

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