A new report from The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that pedestrian deaths in 2015 will jump 10% nationwide from 2014, the largest such annual increase ever seen by the group. California is projected at a 12% increase. The GHSA, a coalition of state highway safety associations, believes that 2015 will be one of the worst years for pedestrians in at least 20 years.
Researches believe that a combination of low gas prices and more people driving to work are the main reasons for the increased numbers. However, as large cities focus on walkability and pedestrian/bicyclist mobility, numbers could increase even further. For example, Los Angeles’ Mobility Plan 2035 aims to add bike lanes throughout the city in an effort to get more people walking and biking, but could have unintended consequences on pedestrian safety with fewer lanes for cars.
AAA has some great suggestions for pedestrian safety. Following these guidelines can help reduce the dangers pedestrians face in every day situations.
- Always try to be seen.
- Avoid distractions, including phones.
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Use crosswalks and stay on sidewalks.
- Avoid drinking excessively.
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