March 09, 2016|
Pedestrian Fatality Projection - Much More Significant in Nebraska
This week, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimated a 10% increase in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015, compared with the prior year. Their report was based on preliminary data reported by all 50 states. They are projecting the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian deaths since their national reporting system was adopted in 1975. The increase in Nebraska was much more significant. In 2015, 18 pedestrians died in traffic crashes compared to 9 deaths the previous year. Along with the increase in pedestrian fatalities, the GHSA reports that pedestrians now account for a larger share – about 15% of all motor vehicle crash-related deaths – compared with 11% a decade ago. In Nebraska, pedestrian fatalities made up 7% of all roadway deaths in 2015. The full report can be found at www.ghsa.org.
(Note to the news media: for interviews on this report, contact Fred Zwonechek, Nebraska Office of Highway Safety Administrator, at 402-471-2515.)