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Distractions are leading to rise in pedestrian deaths

Residents of New Jersey should be more careful on the roads, according to a new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Recent data shows that distractions are leading to more pedestrian deaths. In 2017, there were an estimated 5,984 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. This is the second year in a row where the number has reached close to 6,000.

How to combat pedestrian deaths

Pedestrians are more likely that those in a car to be killed in a collision with a motor vehicle. This is because they have little or nothing to protect them when the accident happens. However, there are steps that New Jersey residents can take to minimize the odds of a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle.

Pedestrian deaths on the rise in America

New Jersey residents may be interested to hear the results of a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association that found that 5,997 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2016, which was an 11 percent increase from 2015. It was also the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1996. The 2016 data is a part of an upward trend that saw pedestrian deaths increase by 12 percent from 2006 to 2015.

Man drives into Mardi Gras crowd, 28 injured

New Jersey residents who celebrated Mardi Gras at home may be interested to learn that, on Feb. 25, a man who drove a truck into a crowd was driving over the legal limit. New Orleans authorities said that the man had a blood-alcohol level of .232 percent, more than three times over the legal limit.

The riskiest places to walk

Each day, an average of 13 people in the United States are killed while walking. In 2014, being hit by a vehicle caused the deaths of 4,884 pedestrians. Pedestrians in New Jersey may be interested in learning about where in the nation the most dangerous places to go for a walk are located.

Age and speed are factors in pedestrian fatalities

People in New Jersey and throughout the country are more likely to survive being hit by a car as a pedestrian if they are young and the car is traveling slowly. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, lowering the speed at which cars travel can significantly reduce pedestrian deaths. Above 20 mph, the changes of pedestrian deaths begin to multiply significantly. A person who is hit by a car going 30 mph is 70 percent likely to die than a person hit by a car going 25 mph.

Facts and safety tips for New Jersey pedestrians

Taking walks can be a healthy exercise. However, pedestrians walking near roadways face the risk of being hit and injured or killed by a vehicle. In fact, in 2013, about 4,700 pedestrians around the country died in a traffic-related crash and more than 156,000 suffered serious injuries.

New Jersey pedestrians killed on Route 440

Two men crossing Route 440 in Bayonne became the 15th and 16th pedestrian fatalities to occur in New Jersey in 2015. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on Nov. 2 when the young men, both in their early 20s, set out to cross the roadway at Lefante Way. Going from east to west, they managed to clear the northbound lanes but were then hit by oncoming traffic when they reached the southbound lanes.

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