Just Five States Make Up Almost 50 Percent of Pedestrian Fatalities: Florida is One of Them
TAMPA, FL- A recent report indicated that pedestrian deaths are up, and a massive 6,590 people died in pedestrian crashes in 2019, the most fatalities in over thirty years. The fatalities are not evenly dispersed across the country, and five states are responsible for close to half, forty-seven percent, of these pedestrian deaths.*
The five states responsible for close to half of these fatalities include California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Florida saw an increase in fatalities the first six months of 2019 when 368 people were killed in pedestrian collisions.
The information comes from the “Spotlight on Highway Safety” report published by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report is based on the numbers from the first six months of the year, and then projections are made for overall fatalities for the full twelve months.
Most of these tragic crashes occur outside of intersections, at night, on local roadways. Visibility is a clear issue impacting pedestrian safety across the nation demonstrating the need for safer road crossings and increased efforts to make pedestrians and vehicles more visible.
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