It’s changing into extra lethal than ever for pedestrians seeking to cross the highway.
Drivers hit and killed 3,434 pedestrians in the US in the course of the first six months of 2022, based on the most recent Governors Freeway Security Affiliation (GHSA) report, which was a 5% enhance versus the identical interval in 2021. The GHSA hasn’t launched figures for the total 12 months simply but.
In a press launch, the GHSA stated the first-half 2022 statistics, that are primarily based on preliminary information, are “deeply troubling” since they comply with a 40-year excessive in pedestrian deaths in 2021.
The figures proceed “a grotesque decade-long pattern of extra individuals dying whereas strolling on U.S. roads,” the report stated.
The GHSA blamed numerous elements for the rise, starting with “a surge in harmful driving that started at first of the pandemic and has not lessened.” Different elements embrace: the prevalence of bigger and heavier autos on the roads, in addition to infrastructure points, equivalent to the dearth of correct sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting in lots of components of the nation.
Both manner, “it’s completely mind-boggling and heartbreaking that drivers are killing a median of 19 pedestrians each single day,” stated GHSA chief govt Jonathan Adkins in a press release.
Adkins added: “The one strategy to reverse this terrible pattern is to do extra of every thing that works — extra and higher designed infrastructure to maintain individuals strolling protected, equitable enforcement of site visitors security legal guidelines to cease harmful driving and fascinating extra communities the place the impacts of this disaster are felt the toughest.”
And a few states are significantly extra harmful for pedestrians than others. the GHSA discovered that 38% of the fatalities within the first half of 2022 got here from California, Florida and Texas.