Roadway Deaths Decrease while Pedestrian Deaths Increase
MACON, GA – Roadway deaths have decreased while pedestrian accidents are increasing, according to an online news report at 41NBC.com. A report by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) indicates that 2018 had 913 less deaths than in 2017.
The acting administrator for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, James Owens, indicated that there are two main factors that contributed to the decline in fatal accidents.
“Your odds of surviving are much greater if you are in a newer vehicle than if you are in a car that is 10 or 20 years old,” the administrator stated. “Also, crash avoidance technologies that many new cars come equipped with now, can help prevent crashes in the first place.”
Conversely, pedestrian and bike-related involved deaths are increasing when comparing 2017 data to 2018 data. The DOT report indicates that there was a 3.4% increase in pedestrian-related fatalities and a 6.3% increase in pedal-cyclist fatalities in 2018. The DOT also reports that tragic deaths by both pedestrians and bikes happen primarily during the nighttime hours. The best way to protect yourself is to wear bright, reflective clothing and to travel with a light source such as a headlamp.
According to the executive director of Bike Walk Macon, Rachel Umana, infrastructure is the best way to address bicycle and pedestrian deaths. “One in three people in Macon-Bibb, according to our last long-range transportation plan, do not have a driver’s license,” said the executive director.
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