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Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council applauds the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its report, “On foot, at risk,” highlighting the increase in pedestrian deaths and offering solutions.
The report reinforces data that has troubled NSC in recent years. Since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have risen 46%, with nearly 6,000 people struck and killed in 2016. The increase in these incidents has been most severe in urban and suburban areas, as well as at night.
Evaluating infrastructure in high pedestrian areas to ensure it is safe; harnessing vehicle technology, including improved headlights; and lowering speed limits, coupled with speeding enforcement, are some of the solutions IIHS offers in its report. The Council backs these solutions and warns all pedestrians about the dangers of distracted walking, the need to use crosswalks and the importance of wearing bright and/or reflective clothing at night.
Addressing these issues can help reduce roadway fatalities, a mission of the Road to Zero Coalition, which is managed by the Council and seeks to end roadway deaths in the U.S. by 2050.
Pedestrians are some of our most vulnerable roadway users, and each one of these deaths is 100% preventable. This report not only gives us a snapshot of the increase in pedestrian deaths, but also provides solutions for communities and residents alike. This serves as a wake-up call to all drivers and pedestrians to always be alert, no matter how you are traveling.