DC 2nd of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 within the first half of 2020
Within the first six months of 2020, DC got here in second within the variety of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000, in accordance with a brand new report from the Governors Freeway Security Affiliation.
A brand new report exhibits that pedestrian loss of life charges have elevated within the first six months of 2020 regardless of a major drop in driving amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A new Governors Freeway Security Affiliation report tasks that pedestrian mortality elevated by 20%, attributable to rushing, distraction and impaired driving, and different harmful driving behaviors that elevated throughout the pandemic.
The Highlight on Highway Security report is predicated on preliminary information supplied by state freeway places of work in all 50 states and DC
From January to June, regardless of a 16.5% drop in vehicle-miles traveled, or VMT, throughout the USA, 2,957 pedestrians had been killed – six extra throughout the identical interval in 2019.
“The speed of drivers hitting and killing pedestrians has risen to 2.2 deaths per billion VMT, a major and worrying enhance from 1.8 deaths the earlier yr,” stated a press launch from the Governors Freeway Security Affiliation.
DC, with a charge of 1.89, got here second in pedestrian deaths per 100,000 inhabitants from January by June, behind solely New Mexico with a charge of two.12.
Maryland had a charge of 0.99 and Virginia 0.63. Vermont had the bottom pedestrian fatality charge per 100,000 inhabitants, at 0.18.
“Strolling should not be a life and loss of life endeavor, however many components have mixed to position pedestrians at historic threat ranges,” GHSA Govt Director Jonathan Adkins stated in an announcement.
The report additionally checked out 2019 information from the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration’s Fatality Evaluation Reporting Programs. Among the many outcomes:
- It confirmed that pedestrians accounted for 17% of all visitors deaths in 2019, up from 13% in 2010.
- A big proportion of minority teams have been crushed and killed whereas touring on foot greater than anticipated, given their share of the inhabitants.
- Most pedestrians are killed on native roads, at the hours of darkness and away from intersections.
- Driver and / or pedestrian impairment from alcohol has been reported in virtually half of all visitors accidents that outcome within the loss of life of a pedestrian.
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