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Three Tampa Bay Metropolitan Areas Are the Some of the Most Hazardous for Pedestrians

September 26, 2019

Three Tampa Bay Metropolitan Areas are Among those that are the Most Hazardous for Pedestrians in the United States

TAMPA, FL – According to an online news report at, three Tampa Bay metropolitan areas were ranked as among the most hazardous places for pedestrians in the United States.*

Between 2008 and 2017, there were about 50,000 pedestrians who were killed in accidents across the U.S.  That translates to thirteen per day, or one individual every hour and 46 minutes.  

According to the news report from WFLA, they are attempting to uncover why three Tampa Bay metropolitan areas were among the top of the list for the most hazardous metropolitan areas for pedestrians in the country.  

Smart Growth America, an expansion advocacy group, indicates that on a national level, pedestrian accidents increased by slightly over 34% between 2008 and 2017, as did the number of miles traveled, which increase by about eight percent.  

Florida is at the top of the list for the most pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2017, with over 5,400 pedestrian fatalities. Alabama had the second-most pedestrian deaths with a total of about 840 deaths. 

Three of the eight most top dangerous areas for pedestrians were located in Tampa Bay, Florida, which are as follows”

  • North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton: 194
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven: 162
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: 900”

After reviewing Smart Growth America’s Report, reporters attempting to reach out to cities with the top number of pedestrian fatalities.  Those that responded indicate how many pedestrian deaths the following cities had in 2019:

  • "Tampa: 15
  • St. Pete: 11
  • Clearwater: 2 
  • Winter Haven: 1
  • Sarasota: 2”

Earlier in 2019, Tampa Bay was the focus on a study where Hillsborough County came in fourth in Florida for the highest number of pedestrian-related fatalities.  Pinellas County and Pasco County came in number 7 and 10, respectively.

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