Why Pedestrian Deaths Are At A 30-Year High? Distracted driving one key reason (Capitol Day April 23rd!) | KCUR

Headlines are quick hits from media outlets from Missouri and around the world. Follow the headline link for the full story. The source of this headline says:

Across the U.S., 6,227 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2018, the highest number in nearly 30 years. The findings from a Governors Highway Safety Association report show that many of these deaths occurred in big cities like Houston and Miami.

The signs are all over most cities — stretches of road without crosswalks and people needing to walk on roads built for rush-hour traffic.

But the real increase, experts say, comes from larger trends: drivers and pedestrians distracted by their phones and a growth of larger vehicles on the road.

MoBikeFed comment: Missouri is not immune from this trend--in fact, some of the highest pedestrian death rates in the country are found in areas of Missouri.

Bicycle/pedestrian safety and proposed distracted driving legislation are two of the legislative priorities we will be discussing at Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, in Jefferson City.

Hope you can join us!