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Pedestrian Deaths Increase in MD, Nationwide

PHOTO: The federal Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign to encourage pedestrian safety.
PHOTO: The federal Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign to encourage pedestrian safety.
August 6, 2013

BALTIMORE - It's sobering news, with the start of school just weeks away. The number of pedestrian deaths in Maryland is increasing for the second year running. A new report from the federal Department of Transportation finds 21 percent of traffic fatalities in Maryland involved pedestrians, compared to less than 10 percent in neighboring Virginia.

Montgomery County Police School Safety Director Terri Guilday said she sees people taking too many risks.

"Many pedestrians are not using marked crosswalks, crossing between cars and darting out before they see that it's safe. "

The report says 102 pedestrians were hit and killed in Maryland in 2011, compared with 101 the year before.

Yolanda Savage-Narva, campaign director with the advocacy group America Walks, joined transportation officials outside the DOT for the release of the report Monday. She said community leaders need to work on creating more walkable environments.

"A safe community; sidewalks, crosswalks, signals; aesthetically pleasing" are what's needed, she said.

According to the DOT, most pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas at night, and almost a fifth of the children between ages five and nine who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Link to the DOT report at nhtsa.gov.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD