Thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year. In fact, according to National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011 alone-an 8% increase since 2009. The NHTSA broke down those numbers further and revealed that three out of four pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas and 70% of those killed were at non-intersections. In addition, 70% of deaths occurred at night and many pedestrian deaths involved alcohol.
In an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities, the NTHSA recently announced “a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years.” As part of the campaign, the NHTSA is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths.
Additionally, along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the NHTSA launched a comprehensive website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents, and safety advocates at www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian. The website provides safety tips and resources that communities can use to keep pedestrians safe, such as information on teaching children about safe walking, reports on effective pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices, and guides for community pedestrian safety advocates.
States were given until August 30 to apply for a total of $2 million that can be used for education and enforcement initiatives in 22 focus cities where pedestrian deaths are greater than the national average.
“Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release. “We all have a reason to support pedestrian safety, and now, everyone has new tools to help make a difference.”
Since 2009, FHWA has committed more than $3.8 billion to more than 11,000 projects that promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety. For instance, the agency provides resources and information to improve walking routes and infrastructure, such as offering technical assistance to cities and states with the highest pedestrian fatalities and tools such as Pedsafe, an online resource that communities can use to improve pedestrian safety.
“We are committed to making roads, highways and bridges safer for pedestrians,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “We’re working to create safer environments for everyone, whether it’s getting proven safety measures onto roads and at intersections or sharing online resources with schools, teachers, and parents that teach kids pedestrian safety.”
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