A new report produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that pedestrian deaths increased by 3% from 2010 to 2011, making up 14% of all traffic fatalities.
The report shows that 73% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in an urban setting versus a rural setting. Over two-thirds (70%) of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections versus at intersections. Eighty-eight percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred during normal weather conditions compared to rain, snow and foggy conditions. A majority of the pedestrian fatalities, 70 percent, occurred during the nighttime (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m). Between 2010 and 2011 all these percentages stayed relatively level.
Connecticut's rate is slightly better than the national average, at 11.8%. But still, that's 11.8% too high.
The NHSTA report shows 220 traffic fatalities in Connecticut in 2011, with 26 of them being pedestrians.
For more information, see NHTSA's 2011 Traffic Data Fact Sheet and Everyone's A Pedestrian, the federal government's new a one-stop shop for safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety.
NHTSA's Important Safety Reminders
— NHTSA’s Safety Countermeasures Division
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