Arizona ranks in Top 10 for pedestrian deaths

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Arizona places No. 6 for the highest number of pedestrians killed in traffic-related incidents.

The NHTSA’s latest complete number for 2014, show 4,743 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes, a 6 percent increase compared to 2011. This translates to an average of one pedestrian being killed every two hours in traffic crashes and one being injured every seven minutes.

The NHTSA defines a pedestrian as “someone on foot who is walking, running, hiking, jogging, sitting or lying down” who is involved in a motor vehicle crash that originates on a public traffic way.

Pedestrians aged 65 and older were most likely to be involved in an accident, accounting for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and 9% of the injuries. Children between the ages of 5 to 15 were the next most frequent victims with one in every five killed in traffic accidents.

The states making the NHTSA’s dubious Top 10 are:
1. Florida — 12.47 deaths per 100K population
2. Delaware — 11.23
3. South Carolina — 10.92
4. Louisiana — 10.87
5. New Mexico — 10.12
6. Arizona — 9.96
7. Maryland — 9.01
8. North Carolina — 8.54
9. Mississippi — 8.48
10. New Jersey — 8.24

Alcohol is major factor for both drivers and pedestrians. It played a role in 48% of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. A whopping 34% of the pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter, while 14% of drivers measured that level or higher.


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