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Pedestrian Deaths Reach Record Numbers in 2016

Numbers increase for second consecutive year.

by on Mar.30, 2017

The number of pedestrian traffic deaths is expected to rise 11% in 2016 compared with 2015 numbers.

More people are dying on America’s roads than ever and nearly 6,000 aren’t even in a vehicle, according to new figures from the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group forecast pedestrian deaths will rise 11% in 2016 compared with 2015.

In simple terms, 620 more people died last year than the previous, marking the highest number in more than 20 years, the GHSA notes.

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“This latest data shows that the U.S. isn’t meeting the mark on keeping pedestrians safe on our roadways,” said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA executive director. “Every one of these lives represents a loved one not coming home tonight, which is absolutely unacceptable.” (more…)

Pedestrian Deaths Drop Sharply

Reverses recent upward trend.

by on Mar.05, 2014

Efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths are working as the number in 2013 dropped. Honda's pedestrian detection system is one more attempt to improve safety.

The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads dropped sharply during the first half of 2013, according to a new report, reversing a three-year upward trend.

The decline was a notable 8.7%, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA, for a total of 1,985 pedestrians killed in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By comparison, 2,175 were killed during the first half of 2012. After dipping between 2006 and 2009, pedestrian fatalities had risen by 15% between 2010 and 2012.

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“The preliminary findings are good news, but it’s too soon to celebrate,” said Kendell Poole, GHSA chairman and director of the Tennessee Office of Highway Safety. “With distraction an increasing issue for both pedestrians and motorists, pedestrian safety continues to be a priority in many areas of the country.” (more…)