Crosswalks and crossing lights are helpful tools that allow pedestrians to cross roadways safely. However, not all roads or intersections have these safety features and highways and interstates lack them entirely. Georgia State Law prohibits pedestrians from being on the Interstate. Despite this law, many people do walk along the interstates to get help after an accident or sometimes, just to get from point A to point B. News Channel 9 reports that there has been an increase in pedestrian deaths in Georgia and the state is looking into matters in hopes of determining a cause.
260 pedestrians were killed on Georgia roadways in 2016.
So far this year, that number is at 111, an increase of 16% from this time last year.
This seems to be a nationwide trend, according to two studies. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that nationwide, pedestrian fatalities are up 46% since a low point in 2009.
Taking a look back, 2016’s total of 260 was up from 2015’s total of 232. In 2011, there were only 130 pedestrian deaths.
The Institute said that a majority of these crashes occur in urban areas and are outside of crosswalks. Many take place on major roadways, especially those designed to funnel traffic towards freeways.
Hit-and-run crashes are also on the rise nationwide and in Georgia. In 2016, Georgia ranked number four for the for the most fatal hit-and-run accidents. 72 hit-and-run accidents were recorded that year in Georgia, with a total of 2,049 people nationally killed in hit-and-run collisions.
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