Pennsylvania bucks national trend, sees rise in pedestrian fatalities
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Pennsylvania bucks national trend, sees rise in pedestrian fatalities

Pennsylvania bucks national trend, sees rise in pedestrian fatalities

While pedestrian fatalities nationwide are falling to pre-pandemic levels, Pennsylvania is bucking the trend, with 192 pedestrian deaths in 2023.

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While pedestrian fatalities nationwide are falling to pre-pandemic levels, Pennsylvania is bucking the trend, with 192 pedestrian deaths in 2023.

As Anthony Hennen writes for The Guardian, while pedestrian fatalities across the country are falling to pre-pandemic levels, Pennsylvania is bucking the trend. New York Post.

Drivers in the Keystone State killed 192 pedestrians last year. That’s eight more than in 2022 and 25 percent more than in 2019, according to an analysis by the Governors Highway Safety Administration.

This makes Pennsylvania among 21 states and the District of Columbia that have seen an increase in pedestrian fatalities.

To help reduce pedestrian fatalities in Pennsylvania and make roads safer, PennDOT is working on federal requirements that are intended to focus on high-risk areas.

Overall, pedestrian deaths nationwide have increased by a staggering 77 percent since 2010, while deaths from other traffic accidents have increased by 22 percent. The number of deaths continues to rise even as Americans reduce the amount they walk.

“Studies indicate a decline in overall walking behavior since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the GHSA report notes. “Between 2019 and 2022, the average annual number of daily walks declined by 36 percent nationwide. The fact that pedestrian fatalities are rising from 2019 to 2022, despite a decline in pedestrian exposure, should raise concerns among traffic safety advocates.”

Read more about pedestrian deaths in New York Post.