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Pedestrian Deaths Drop after 3-Year Rise

Updated: 03/05/2014 7:46 AM
Created: 03/05/2014 7:22 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

After three straight years of increases, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents across the country seems to be on the decline, USA Today reports.

The data comes from a report released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association says. It looks at numbers from January through June of last year.

In 2012 during that period, there were 2,175 pedestrian deaths. During that same time period in 2013, the number dipped to 1,985 deaths. These numbers come after we saw an increase in pedestrian deaths in the years leading up to 2013.

Some safety experts say they are stumped by the recent decline and aren’t sure what’s causing it, but they’re using Florida as a study, according to USA Today. In 2011, Florida had four of the five deadliest cities in the country when it came to pedestrian fatalities, but last year they saw a 23 percent drop after they added two full-time bike and pedestrian safety specialists to each of their Department of Transportation district offices.

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