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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…)