New information from a Governors Highway Safety Association study indicates that while the national rate of auto versus pedestrian deaths is on the rise, Utah’s rate is on the decline. Still, the rate of pedestrian deaths makes up 15 percent of all road fatalities throughout the state, even though they account for only 1.5 percent of total traffic accidents, notes the Utah Department of Public Safety. For 2019 so far, there have been five pedestrian fatalities on Utah’s roadways, which accounts for 23 percent of the road fatalities for the year.
Utah Department of Public Safety Vulnerable Uses program manager Marques Varela says that the highest number of pedestrian deaths in Utah occurred in 2015, when 49 pedestrians were killed. That number decreased to 39 in 2018.
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The Governors Highway Safety Association Study revealed that nearly 6,300 pedestrians died across the U.S. in 2018, which is up 4 percent from the previous year and amounts to the largest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. The study’s authors are unsure of the underlying factors contributing to the nationwide rise of pedestrian fatalities, but they think that intoxicated driving, distracted driving, busier schedules for drivers and increased speed limits may all play a part. The association says that drivers can help avoid pedestrian fatalities by paying attention, avoiding cell phone use while driving, and obeying posted speed limits. Pedestrians can do their part by looking out for themselves, following the rules of the road, crossing at marked crosswalks, and being aware of their surroundings.
Utah’s Office of Public Safety believes that Utah’s lower numbers compared to other states may have a lot to do with a campaign launched by the state to curb pedestrian myths, such as that the pedestrian always has the right-of-way and the myth that if a driver sees the pedestrian, the car has time to stop. Police officers have also been enforcing crosswalk laws in greater numbers.
Safety organization Zero Fatalities analyzed data from pedestrian crashes in Salt Lake and Utah Counties from 2010 to 2016 to determine the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. The 10 intersections on its list were home to 100 pedestrian fatalities during those years. They include:
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