Florida Ranks Number One in United States for Pedestrian Deaths
MIAMI, FL – According to an online news report at miamicbslocal.com, Florida, per a new report, is at the top of the list in the country for the highest number of pedestrian-related deaths.*
The report was issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition (the “Coalition”), which found that Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranked fourteenth in the nation with 1,549 pedestrian-related fatalities between 2008 and 2017.
The Coalition indicates that drivers hit and kill about thirteen pedestrians on a daily basis across the U.S. They are calling for measures to be taken to make America’s roads safer. “Over the past decade we’ve had 50,000 pedestrians struck and killed while walking on roads in the United States,” said the director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.
The Coalition’s report indicates that pedestrian-related deaths increased by 35% from 2008 to 2017. One main reason for the increase is that there are more vehicles on the roadway where people are driving more, often in large vehicles. “More people are driving SUV’s and trucks which we know kill pedestrians at a higher rate,” said the director.
The director of the Coalition further provides that distracted driving and dangerous road designs are major factors in pedestrian accidents. Specifically, modern roadways are often wide, with longer blocks and higher speed limits. Many roads also lack enough lights and crosswalks, causing pedestrians to cross the roadway when they shouldn’t.
“Florida really epitomizes big, flat, wide roads and sprawling land use and when you look there’s a high link between sprawl and traffic fatalities,” said the director.
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