The Top Three Most Dangerous Cities in Central Florida For Pedestrians
Top Three Most Dangerous Places to be a Pedestrian are in Central Florida, According to a Study
ORLANDO, FL – According to an online news report at clickorlando.com, thousands of individuals perish each year across the United States while attempting to cross the street. Several of these fatal accidents occur in Central Florida, per a new study.*
Smart Growth America (SGA), a non-for-profit organization that has a special focus on issues surrounding development, evaluated the number of pedestrian fatalities in metropolitan areas between 2008 and 2017. The SGA specifically examined the amount of motor vehicle accident fatalities across the United States using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, which is a national database that tracks all deadly traffic accidents.
During the above time period, Florida experienced 5,433 pedestrian fatalities, with over a fifth of them happening in metropolitan areas in Central Florida. Per the report, 656 individuals perished in the Kissimmee, Orlando and Sanford area, which are the most dangerous places to walk in the country. Trailing behind these areas is the Deltona, Ormond Beach, and Daytona Beach area, which had 212 fatalities reported during the nine-year period. The Palm Bay, Titusville and Melbourne area had 165 deaths.
Most victims of pedestrian accidents appear to involve males. Back in 2017, 2/3 of the victims were men, per the FARS database. The victims were also between the ages of 25 and 34 years old.
FARS also reveals that sixteen pedestrians in Florida perished near a construction zone back in 2017. Many occurred close to Interstate 4.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) also employs the FARS database to promote safer streets and roadways across the nation. GHSA examines data to provide a projection of pedestrian fatalities and how transportation agencies can avoid the projection from becoming a reality. According to a report issued by the GHSA, pedestrian deaths continue to increase and are expecting to continue to climb.
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