Charlotte, NC, Sees Growing Number of Pedestrian Deaths
CHARLOTTE, NC. – According to an online news report from wfae.org, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has seen a growing number of pedestrian deaths in recent years and has been working to find a solution.*
In 2017, a total of 27 pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles in Charlotte. That was a record number of pedestrian deaths for the city, and the number does not look to be declining any time soon. So far in 2018, vehicles have killed 25 pedestrians in the city.
“At 20 miles per hour, nine out of 10 pedestrians will survive a crash with a motor vehicle,” said Angela Berry, of the Charlotte Department of Transportation. “If you double that number to 40 miles per hour, only one out of 10 pedestrians will survive a crash with a motor vehicle.”
Berry runs the Vision Zero program for Charlotte, seeking to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by the year 2030. In an interview with NPR, Berry discussed the challenges facing the city regarding pedestrian fatalities and the city’s hopes for the future.
During the last few years, pedestrian deaths in Charlotte have averaged about one every other week, a fact that Berry says is “very disturbing.” Berry thinks some of this trend might be attributed to population growth in the city and more people on the roads, but she said she did not have a solid correlation between any one factor and the growing number of pedestrian deaths. Berry did note, however, that Charlotte is not alone.
As of June this year, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia has seen a 16 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities compared to the same time in 2017. Berry said the Charlotte DOT has been looking at other states and cities as they work on their own traffic crises to learn from the successes others are having in reducing fatalities.
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