Pedestrian deaths down in first half of 2013: report

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Washington – Pedestrian deaths decreased 8.7 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012, according to preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The decrease is the first since 2009, according to GHSA. Other preliminary findings for the first half of 2013:

  • Decreases in deaths occurred in 25 states, with the largest decreases in Florida (55 fewer) and California (37 fewer).
  • 20 states and the District of Columbia had increases, while five states had no change.
  • States with the most pedestrian deaths have large populations and many urban centers, including California (612) and Texas (478).

The association said roadway engineering changes aimed at better protecting pedestrians, as well as improved enforcement and education, may have contributed to the decrease.