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GHSA report shows drop in pedestrian deaths after three-year rise

According to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrians killed on USA roadways is declining for the first time since 2009. Compared with the first six months of 2012, pedestrian deaths fell 8.7% during the first half of 2013. Comparing pedestrian fatality data for January through June 2013 (1,985) with the same time period in 2012 (2,175), there were 190 fewer fatalities. Concerns about a 15% increase in pedestrian deaths nationwide between 2009 and 2012, coupled with a 3% decrease in all other motor vehicle fatalities during the same time period, prompted the GHSA to conduct the study. Using preliminary data provided by the 50 state highway safety offices and the District of Columbia, Dr Allan Williams, former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), compared data from 2012 and 2013. The same methodology was used in a 2010 GHSA study of pedestrian roadway deaths and proved to be quite accurate, when compared with the final data.

Dr Williams said the reasons why the numbers were increasing in 2010-2012 is not clearly understood. “The 2008-2009 economic recession may have driven the recent uptick, as more people were walking to lower their transportation costs. The focus on walking for health and environmental benefit also may have been factor. Reducing speeding, particularly in areas frequented by pedestrians is key to the decrease. Roadways are primarily designed to accommodate motor vehicle travel, so pedestrians are clearly at a disadvantage. Add in the mass differential when a pedestrian and a vehicle collide, and the consequences can be serious for the person on foot. The odds of a pedestrian surviving a crash with a car traveling 20mph or slower are good; at higher speeds, the impact can be fatal.”

Kendell Poole, GHSA chairman and director of the Tennessee Office of Highway Safety, commented, “The preliminary findings are good news, but it’s too soon to celebrate. Recognizing that the safety of all roadway users is a priority for the association and our members, we must remain focused on pushing the numbers down in all 50 states. With distraction an increasing issue for both pedestrians and motorists, pedestrian safety continues to be a priority in many areas of the country.”

March 10, 2014

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