Friday, February 27, 2015

Alcohol Is A Major Risk Factor For Pedestrian Deaths Of 16 And Older

From National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus, "U.S. Pedestrian Death Rate Leveling Off, But Still Too High: Governors' safety group reports more than 2,100 killed in early 2014" by Robert Preidt:
"... nation's four most populous states -- California, Florida, Texas and New York -- accounted for 43 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the United States in 2013. Delaware and Florida had the highest rates of pedestrian deaths at nearly 3 per 100,000 residents.

In 2013, pedestrians accounted for the highest percentage of road deaths (45 percent) in Washington, D.C. In New York, pedestrians accounted for 28 percent of road deaths, followed Nevada and Delaware, where pedestrians account for 25 percent of the road deaths in each state.
However, the report found there was a 28 percent increase in the deaths of pedestrians ages 20 to 69 between 1975 and 2013.
Alcohol appears to be a major risk factor for pedestrian deaths. In 2013, 36 percent of pedestrians 16 and older who died had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher, according to the report. [Emphasis added.]

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