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Pedestrian Fatalities at a 5 Year High

Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

A new report by the by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows pedestrian fatalities hit a 5 year high in 2012, prompting calls to action by government officials.

Findings of the NHTSA Pedestrian Report

In their report, NHTSA presented the following:

  • There were 4,743 pedestrian deaths recorded in the U.S. in 2012 – a 6% increase from 2011.
  • The state with the highest number of deaths is California, with a total of 612, followed by Texas with 478 pedestrian deaths.
  • In Dallas, there were 40 pedestrians killed, representing 29% of all people killed in motor vehicle-related crashes recorded in the city for 2012.
  • In Fort Worth, 20 people were killed, accounting for 34% of total traffic related deaths.
  • Florida was ranked third with 476 deaths.

In all areas of the country, most of the deaths took place in urban areas and 70% of the deaths occurred at non-intersections. Thus, jaywalkers are more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident than people who cross at proper intersections.

Government to Take Action

“These are parents, these are children, these are our fathers and mothers and grandparents who are being affect [sic] by traffic crashes when they’re in their most vulnerable state. They don’t have two tons of metal, glass and plastic surrounding them.” – David Friedman, acting head of NHTSA as published by NBC

In an effort to lower the rate of pedestrian accidents, NHTSA is awarding grants to cities in an effort to improve pedestrian safety.

NBC reports that Louisville, New York City, and Philadelphia are set to receive a total of $1.8 million as part of NHTSA’s “Everyone is a Pedestrian” campaign, which is dedicated to raising public awareness about pedestrian accidents.

The federal regulator hopes that by educating people on pedestrian safety, it will be able to curb the rise in pedestrian deaths.

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