Study Reveals that South Florida is One of the Deadliest Metropolitan Areas for Pedestrians
Florida is already known as a place where dangerous accidents leave pedestrians seriously injured and killed each year. A recent study found that South Florida, including the metropolitan area of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, is the “14th most dangerous place in the country for auto pedestrian accidents.”
Smart Growth America is a non-profit organization that commissioned the study, reviewing data from 2008 to 2017 concerning pedestrian accidents in the United States. According to the study, Florida ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians, and 8 of the top 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians are in Florida.
West Palm Beach has implemented the “Vision Zero” program, which is aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian accidents involving severe injuries and death to zero by 2020. The program is “centered around engineering education and enforcement.” From 2017 to 2018, West Palm Beach saw a reduction of more than 20 percent in pedestrian and bicycle accidents, with pedestrian accidents reduced by 23 percent and bicycle accidents reduced by 26.7 percent.
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