Florida is always listed among the most dangerous states for pedestrians. Some years it ranks No. 1 in pedestrian fatalities, some years it’s number two or three, but it’s always right up there.
According to the latest report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, nearly 900 pedestrians were killed in Florida last year. Six of the ten communities with the highest pedestrian fatality rates are in Florida, according to a report by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. The report uses a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) to rate cities across America. The region around Orlando, which includes Kissimmee, has the highest PDI in the nation.
Florida Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians
Experts say the reason Florida is among the most dangerous states for pedestrians is partly due to engineering and road design. The main goal is to allow cars to get from one place to another as quickly as possible. Pedestrian safety is often an afterthought. Roads are built wide at the expense of sidewalks, and crosswalks are few and far between.
Even so, the ultimate responsibility for pedestrian safety generally rests with the driver of a vehicle. Most pedestrian accidents and fatalities are caused by driver carelessness and negligence such as speeding and distracted driving.
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