Is Walking Dangerous in Pennsylvania?
Beware, Pennsylvania pedestrians. A new study shows that pedestrian traffic deaths rose during the first half of 2014, even as they dropped elsewhere. Pedestrian deaths tend to be even more common in the second half of most years, the report said.
Pennsylvania’s total rose from 53 to 74. During that period, the number of deaths nationwide dropped 3 percent, from 2,141 to 2,082. Final numbers for 2014 are not available.
The number of pedestrian fatalities statewide has varied over the past decade, according to PennDOT. In 2003, there were 175, compared with 136 in 2009. In 2013, there were 151.
The report didn’t break down fatality rates by cities, but the report did note that many of the fatalities were clustered in “urban centers” where there is a large walking population.