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USPedestrians deaths reach highest numbers in nearly three decades

23:55  28 february  2019
23:55  28 february  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Pedestrians deaths reach highest numbers in nearly three decades© David McNew / Getty Images

More than 6,200 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in nearly three decades, according to a new report released Thursday.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimated 6,227 pedestrian deaths as a result of motor vehicle crashes in 2018, a 4% increase from 2017.

Numbers have not been that high since 1990 when fatalities reached 6,482.

California, Florida, Texas, Georgia and Arizona accounted for 46% of the deaths. California recorded the highest number with 432, while Florida and Texas followed behind with 330 and 298, respectively.

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New York ranked sixth on the list with a total of 117.

Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise since 2008, increasing by 35%.

“The alarm bells continue to sound on this issue; it’s clear we need to fortify our collective efforts to protect pedestrians and reverse the trend,” GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins said in a statement.

The report noted numerous factors that could offer insight into why deaths are on the rise, including an increase in pedestrians walking to work, speeding, distracted and drowsy driving and SUVs.

The number of sport utility vehicles involved in pedestrian deaths has increased by 50% since 2013.

However, all other traffic deaths combined saw a decrease of 6% during the same time period.

For its 2018 data, GHSA collected data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In the first six months, the organization found a three percent increase in the reported number of pedestrian deaths compared to the first six months of 2017.

The number grew after GHSA took into account the “anticipated underreporting” in preliminary state data and historic trends in pedestrian fatalities during the first and second halves of the year.

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