The Increasing Number of Pedestrian Deaths a Growing Concern in Florida
FORT MYERS, FL – According to an online news report at fox4now.com, concern for pedestrian safety is growing in Lee County where another deadly pedestrian accident occurred over the weekend in Bonita Springs, Florida. Another pedestrian was also involved in a crash this past weekend in Fort Myers, Florida.*
Data from the Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition show that pedestrian accidents are a growing statewide issue. In Florida, the risk of dying in a pedestrian accident is much higher than in other states across the U.S. Between 2008 and 2017, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths in Florida, which translates to an average of 2.73 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people.
Across the United States, data indicates that pedestrian deaths have gone up by 35.7% from 2008 to 2017, with a total of nearly 50,000 people dying during this time period. This means that there are 13 pedestrian deaths each day nationwide. In the U.S., there are 1.55 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people. Evidently, Florida is double the national statistics for pedestrian deaths in the country.
There are several reasons for the ever-increasing amounts of pedestrian fatalities that occur in Florida. Many roadways in Florida cities lack sidewalks, pedestrian overpasses, and crosswalks. Moreover, in Florida, vehicles are the preferred method of transportation, as the state is flat and spread out. This has resulted in wider roads and less development of public transit. Pedestrians risk their lives when they cross wide, multi-lane roads, many of which lack crosswalks.
There are several other causes of pedestrian accidents in Florida. Sports utility vehicles and trucks are popular forms of transportation in the state and are more likely to cause the death of pedestrians in crashes. There is also a lack of train or bus systems that are available to help move pedestrians to where they need to go like in other parts of the United States.
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Source:https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/pedestrian-fatalities-a-growing-concern-in-florida and https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design/