Welcome back to the SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts blog series! Each day this week we're featuring recent data on some of California's most pressing traffic safety issues. In case you missed it, yesterday's post was on bicycle safety.
In today's post, explore SafeTREC's fact sheet on pedestrian safety. Tomorrow, we'll be highlighting motorcycle safety facts.
SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrian Safety
Everyone is a pedestrian, whether or not walking is one’s primary mode of travel, and as a commute mode, walking is gaining in numbers. Nearly 16 pedestrians died every day, averaging a pedestrian every 1.5 hours, in traffic collisions in 2016. Pedestrian fatalities increased 27.4 percent from 2007 to 2016 while other traffic deaths decreased 13.9 percent. In 2016, the number of pedestrian fatalities was at its highest one-year level since 1990. California was one of five states (along with Florida, Texas, New York, and Arizona) which reported more than 100 pedestrian deaths and collectively accounted for 43 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in the first half of 2017. Read the full SafeTREC Pedestrian Safety Fact Sheet to explore our findings.