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Recently,  I looked at the increased numbers of pedestrian deaths in Minnesota.

25-year High in Pedestrian Deaths, Mike Bryant January 5, 2017 11:49 AM

While the numbers aren’t finalized, they do suggest that there will be a significant increase nationally.  As was reported by the St Cloud Times:

Among four big states that accounted for over 40 percent of the country’s pedestrian fatalities in 2015, the trend continued upward in Texas, which recorded 623 by Dec. 22, compared with 559 in all of 2015. California, which leads the nation in pedestrian deaths, saw a dramatic 42 percent rise from 596 in 2009 to 849 in 2015, although preliminary numbers for the first half of 2016 showed a 13 percent decrease compared with the same period in 2015. Preliminary figures from Florida show a dip to 582 last year after 632 in 2015. New York state has bucked the national trend for a few years; it was down to a preliminary 223 last year from 307 in 2015.

There are suggestions that directing driving and walking are playing role in the increase numbers.  This is part of our ongoing campaign to end intextication and the Petextrian.

When crossing the street makes the following suggestions:

  • Find a safe place to cross
  • Look both ways when crossing
  • Keep looking while crossing
  • For car, make sure you see pedestrians.

For all of you in cars

  • slow down
  • look out
  • don’t drink and drive

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