The United States Government Looks to Reduce Pedestrian Crashes
USA- Liber.post-gazette.com writes that the United States Department of Transportation has announced plans to make the roads safer for pedestrians. The government is looking to eliminate many dangers that are presented to vulnerable road users across the nation in order to put an end to the preventable tragedies.
Federal officials are working on reducing pedestrian deaths in dark or poorly lit areas, at non-intersection locations and among older pedestrians. From 2009 through 2018, traffic-related deaths declined overall, and yet the number of pedestrians killed jumped by a shocking 53 percent in that same period. In 2018, 6,283 people lost their lives while walking on American roadways.
While early reports stated that pedestrians deaths were again up in 2019, and by five percent, reports now suggest that there was actually a two percent decline.
However, while deaths dropped ever so slightly last year, this year could see a different outcome. During the pandemic, more people have been walking and cycling on the roads. Better lighting, installation of sidewalks, and flashing beacons at crosswalks are all proven methods of reducing pedestrian crashes.
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