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Pedestrian deaths in US reach highest level in 40 years

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FILE IMAGE - A bouquet of flowers are left at the crosswalk at Sunset Boulevard and Yorba Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Feb.

5, 2014, one day after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car traveling southbound. (Photo By Paul Chinn/The San Franc WASHINGTON - The number of pedestrian deaths reported annually in the United States reached a 40-year high last year, according to new data released last week.Drivers struck and killed at least 7,508 people walking in 2022, which was the most pedestrian deaths reported since 1981, a report by the nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) states.

Since 2010, pedestrian deaths have increased 77%, compared to a 25% increase for all other traffic related deaths, according to the report.The report, published on Friday, is an analysis of 2021 data shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Every day, 20 people go for a walk and do not return home.

These are people living their daily lives – commuting to and from school and work, picking up groceries, walking the dog, getting some exercise – who died suddenly and violently," GHSA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Adkins said in a statement. "The saddest part is that these crashes are preventable."Adkins underscored the need for "better-designed infrastructure," as well as lower speeds and addressing "risky driving behaviors that pose a danger to people walking."Most pedestrian deaths happen at night, according to the report.

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