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New Study Finds Pedestrian Deaths Hit Highest Level in 30 Years

By Jack H. FarnbauchApril 30, 2020

A new study out April 1, 2020 shows pedestrian deaths hit a 30-year high in 2019.

More than 6,500 people were killed — a 5% increase from the year before. New research finds pedestrian deaths have surged 53%. Distracted driving and walking with smartphones are factors, as is drug and alcohol abuse. All this as warming weather is bringing more pedestrians outside.

Three-quarters of pedestrian deaths happen at night — most on local roads and away from intersections. Also, an issue is smartphones with the Governor's Highway Safety Association issuing a warning to pedestrians. "We see drivers driving distracted and when a person is distracted by their phone or some other source, they're less likely to see a pedestrian," a representative explained.

To cut down on these deadly incidents, the study recommended adding crosswalks for pedestrians and improving street lighting. Less cellphone use while driving or walking would help too.

You can read the study here