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Eight out of the Ten Most Hazardous Locations for Pedestrians is in Florida

September 24, 2019

FLORIDA – According to an online news report at, eight of the ten most hazardous locations for pedestrians is in Florida.*

Brevard County has been ranked third on the list of the nation’s twenty most dangers areas for pedestrians.  Per a report by Smart Growth America, there were nearly 50,000 pedestrians that were hit and killed between 2018 and 2017.  Over 5,000, or just over eleven percent of those fatalities, happened in Florida.  A whopping 165 of those fatalities occurred in Brevard County.

Statistics who that eight of the ten most hazardous areas for walking are in Florida.  Smart Growth America ranks each metropolitan area based upon what is known as the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI).  This examines the amount of individuals who were hit and died by drivers in proportion with the amount of individuals who reside in each metropolitan area, and the amount of people who choose to walk to work.

Orange County, Florida, which includes the Orlando metropolitan area, had the highest PDI.  Deltona, Daytona Beach, and Ormond Beach in Volusia County ranked second. Palm Beach, Titusville and Melbourne ranked third.

Of the top ten most hazardous places to walk, only two, Jackson, Mississippi and Bakersfield, California were not located in Florida.  

While not in the top ten, the most heavily populated Miami-Dade metropolitan area saw approximately 1,500 pedestrians – the most in the United States – between 2008 and 2017.

On a national level, the amount of pedestrian fatalities increased by about 35% over the same ten-year period.  Walking out of all trips increased by one percent.  The number of miles driven by vehicles increased by 1%. 

Pedestrians are urged to wear bright clothing and reflective materials when walking, especially at night.  It is also recommended that people carry flashlights at night to be the most visible as possible for motorists.

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