USA- The CheatSheet.com writes that some American cities have roadways that are completely dangerous to pedestrians. The list includes 15 cities across the country. The cities included are
- Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida,
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater,
- Florida, Jacksonville, Florida,
- Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida,
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida,
- Palm Bay-Titusville-Melbourne, Florida,
- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida,
- Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, Florida,
- Bakersfield, California,
- New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana,
- Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina,
- Albuquerque, New Mexico,
- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida,
- Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia,
- and Columbia, South Carolina.
Of the fifteen most dangerous states, nine were located in Florida. Florida is undoubtedly the country’s deadliest state for pedestrians. Between 2005 and 2014, 5,142 pedestrians were killed in Florida. The numbers indicate that Florida has more pedestrian fatalities during the recorded time period than both New York and Pennsylvania do together.
Pedestrian fatalities have been increasing in the United States. In 2017, close to 6,000 pedestrians were killed on American roadways. The numbers indicate a 25-year high in pedestrian deaths. While the numbers seem to be remaining somewhat steady now rather than increasing rapidly, the death toll is stuck at a disturbingly high level.
While pedestrian fatalities continue to pose a major problem across the United States, other types of traffic deaths are on the decline. Cars are coming with more safety technology that makes vehicle occupants more likely to survive collisions. However, these vehicles are no safer to pedestrians.
Between 2007 and 2016, pedestrian fatalities increased by 27 percent. At the same time, other traffic fatalities dropped by 14 percent. Pedestrian fatalities are therefore becoming a larger percentage of overall traffic deaths. While some states have been able to cut their number of pedestrian deaths, other states have experienced an increased number of fatalities.
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