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Governor’s Highway Safety Administration Finds Pedestrian Accidents are at Near Record Highs

March 12, 2019

Pedestrian Accidents are on the Rise and are Current at its Highest Level since 1990

Washington, D.C. – according to, pedestrian related deaths across the nation are nearly at their highest level since thirty years ago, per a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (“GHSA”).

Upon an analysis of data from the highway safety offices in all fifty states and Washington, D.C. for the first half of 2018, the GSHA is projecting a collective amount of over 6,000 pedestrian related deaths for this year, the most since nearly 6,500 were reported in 1990. If this estimate is true, the amount of pedestrian related deaths will have gone up over 50% since 1990 (approximately 4,100 deaths).

The GHSA provides that over the past 3 years, over 70% of the deaths happened during the nighttime hours, and nearly half of the individuals involved in accidents were under the influence of alcohol, which include pedestrians and drivers alike. Distracted driving as well as walking also causes significant amount of deaths, and has increased significantly since 2009.

The states such as California, Florida, Georgia and Texas accounted for nearly 50% of the national total during the first half of 2018.  The report provides that the aforementioned states account for over 30% of the United States population.   New Mexico unfortunately had the highest rate of deaths of pedestrians per 100,000 citizens of the state (2.26).  New Hampshire had the lowest at 0.007.

 “Crossing the street should not be a death sentence,” report author Richard Retting said in a GHSA press release. “We have a range of proven infrastructure, engineering and behavioral strategies that we know can reduce pedestrian deaths. Critical improvements to road and vehicle design are being made, but take significant time and resources to implement. It is also important to conduct law enforcement and safety education campaigns now to ensure drivers and pedestrians can safely coexist. It’s crucial to do everything we can to protect pedestrians utilizing a broad approach.”

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