Pedestrians killed in Arizona is on the rise. The statistics are alarming.
Data from the first half of 2016 illustrate that the number of deadly crashes in Arizona increased to a staggering 12.8 percent. From in the first half of 2015 to 97 in the first half of 2016.
With those 2016 figures, Arizona is now third on a list of states with the most pedestrian deaths per capita. (Governors Highway Safety Association)
The Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says: “You know, I cannot pin it down, but I can tell you that I see some of the consequences of people that do stupid things.” Cell phone use is likely the primary cause of the problem, distracting both drivers and pedestrians.
Across the country, GHSA projects there were nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2016. That is the largest number in more than two decades.
82 percent of pedestrians who are hit and killed by cars are struck outside of an intersection.
Arizona recently secured a $785,000 federal grant to address pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. The state will spend the money on added enforcement, plus an education and awareness campaign. Part of the education campaign will include wrapping buses and light rail with messaging.
Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee were the only states to receive the grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In THE Phoenix area, we always have a lot of pedestrian traffic. As a driver on the roadway, even if you have the right of way, be careful.
No one wants to be in an accident, particularly one where another person or pedestrian is badly hurt---regardless of who might be at fault.