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Pedestrian fatalities are increasing

Minnesota pedestrians who are walking in low-income neighborhoods may be more likely to be hit by a car. This was one of the findings in both a white paper released by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center in 2016 and a report by the nonprofit Smart Growth America in 2017. Hispanics have a 50 percent higher fatality rate compared to whites, and the rate is almost twice as high for African-Americans.

Distraction could be reason for increase in pedestrian deaths

Minnesota pedestrians may be in more danger of involvement in a deadly traffic accident than people in vehicles even though the fatality rate for traffic accidents in general has risen. However, the pedestrian death rate has risen disproportionately. In 2006, 11 percent of traffic-related fatalities were pedestrian deaths, but by 2015, that number had risen to 15 percent. Furthermore, overall, pedestrian deaths went up 25 percent from 2010 to 2015 compared with a rise of 6 percent in total traffic deaths. In 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents.

Facts regarding vehicle-related pedestrian deaths and injuries

Many Minnesota residents know that walking is an excellent form of exercise that promotes good health. For many people, however, a walk along a major roadway can turn dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,884 pedestrians died in 2014 as a result of being struck by a vehicle. This averages to about 12 people daily. A further 65,000 people were injured due to pedestrian-car accidents during the same year.

Drivers in fatal pedestrian accidents rarely face punishment

Pedestrian accidents happen quite often, and many pedestrians that are struck in these wrecks suffer fatal injuries. In the Twin Cities area, there were 3,069 pedestrian crashes from 2010 to 2014, and of those wrecks, 95 pedestrians were killed. What's interesting about this data is that crashes in the suburbs accounted for nearly double the number of pedestrian fatalities as accidents in the cities. Even more interesting, and infuriating, many of these fatal wrecks didn't result in punishment for the drivers involved.

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