Friday, December 11, 2015

One-Third of Pedestrians And One-Fifth Of Cyclists Who Died In Traffic Accidents Were Alcohol Impaired

From BloombergBusiness, "More American Pedestrians and Cyclists Are Getting Killed on the Roads: What's really happening is that overall traffic deaths have fallen sharply, while pedestrian and cyclist deaths have remained flat." by Patrick Clark:
Source: BloombergBusiness

Pedestrians accounted for 14 percent of traffic deaths in 2013, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, up from 11 percent in 2004. For cyclists, those figures increased from 1.7 percent in 2004 to 2.2 percent in 2013. What's really happening in the chart above is that overall traffic deaths have fallen sharply, from about 43,000 in 2004 to about 33,000 in 2013, while pedestrian and cyclist deaths have remained flat.
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[H]ere's some information that the GAO report turned up from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System:
  • 69 percent of pedestrian victims and 87 percent of cyclists were men.

  • Most of the deaths occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight.

  • One in three pedestrians and one in five cyclists had a blood-alcohol content of more than .08, which is considered alcohol-impaired in all 50 states. [Emphasis added.]

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