The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an advisory Monday, telling pedestrians who didn't get the information when they were children to look both ways before crossing the street. In 2010, the last year for which the figures have been crunched, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased for the very first time in five years. Will you be in the market to sell or buy a new or used auto? If this seems like you, find out more on our websites at Gus Johnson Ford Spokane WA!

About four percent of deaths increased

There was a 4 percent increase in fatalities from 2009’s recorded 4,109 pedestrians murdered in traffic accidents. There were 4,280 murdered in 2010, according to Monday’s report. This is the very first time an increase has been seen since 2005.

In 2010 traffic crashes, there were another 70,000 pedestrians injured.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said:

"Roadway safety is a two-way street that requires effort on the part of motorists and pedestrians alike."

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Breaking down the figures

The chances of getting killed increased for males (69 percent) crossing the road in clear weather (88 percent) at night (68 percent) between intersections (79 percent). It was also noted that every eight minutes, a pedestrian is hurt in a traffic accident, and a pedestrian is killed every two hours.

Deaths involved alcohol 47 percent of the time.

The states with the highest number of pedestrian traffic deaths were California (599), Florida (487), Texas (345), New York (303) and Arizona (146). The five with the least number of pedestrians murdered were Nebraska (8), Rhode Island (8), and Montana (8), North Dakota (7), Alaska (6), Vermont (4) and Wyoming (3).

Decreasing figures before this

There have been massive decreases in pedestrian deaths since 1980 when the highest on record was reported at 8,070 pedestrian deaths. In 2001 there were only 4,901 reported deaths, down from 1990’s reported 6,482 fatalities.

To be able to keep away from death, David Strickland, NHTSA top administrator, gave some recommendations for pedestrians:

"Most people are pedestrians at some point in their day. That's why we're reminding the public to take precautions."

He suggested that pedestrians always wait for a big enough gaps in traffic before they cross the road. He also said that everyone should do a courtesy to ford and always cross at intersections. That is one of the best things that can defend people from pedestrian traffic fatalities.

Make sure you are more alert when driving cars. Lone people are all over the place and can be hard to see.

Currently, it is unknown how the amount of pedestrian deaths increased in 2010, according to the NHTSA. By the end of the year, the 2011 numbers will come out, and hopefully fatalities are down.

Sources

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