Arizona Pedestrian Fatalities and Safety Reminders

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2013 statistics show that Arizona had 849 traffic fatalities, 151 pedestrian fatalities. Phoenix has 176 total traffic fatalities, and 52 pedestrian fatalities.

In the United States there were 4,735 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, one killed every 2 hours, and injured every 8 minutes.

One quarter of the pedestrian fatalities occurred from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More than two thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males.

Alcohol involvement for the driver, or the pedestrian was reported in half of all pedestrian crashes.

One fifth of the pedestrians killed were struck in crashes that involved hit and run drivers.

Most of the pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas in the dark and at non intersections.

The average age of pedestrians killed was 46.

NHTSA reminds drivers to look for pedestrians everywhere, they may be hard to see, and pay attention to lighting and weather conditions. Additionally, drivers are advised to:

• Always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.

• Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk, they may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.

• Slowdown and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.

• Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

• Follow the speed limit, slow down around pedestrians.

• Stay focused and slow down where children may be present, such as school zones and residential neighborhoods.