Report finds that California leads the nation in pedestrian deaths
Some bad news and a caution for people, more pedestrians die in California than in any other state. The report was conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and it used the earliest period that data is available, which is between January and June 2017. During that time period, 352 people were struck and killed by motor vehicles in California. During the same time period, Hawaii and Wyoming experienced only one pedestrian fatality.
Unfortunately, the majority of California’s pedestrian fatalities occurred in Los Angeles County. In 2016, 265 pedestrians died after being struck by vehicles. Compare that to the 20 pedestrians that died in San Francisco in 2017, the lowest number of fatalities in the city’s history, and the number of fatalities in Los Angeles County are shocking. According to GHSA, pedestrians now account for a larger proportion of traffic fatalities than they have in 33 years. In both 2016 and 2017, about 6,000 pedestrians died nationwide. Hopefully, the state and counties can figure out how to increase public safety for pedestrians.