In recent years, Connecticut has seen a disturbing trend: an increasing number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities in Connecticut have increased by 20% from 2018 to 2019. In 2019 alone, there were 64 pedestrian fatalities in the state.
There are several factors that may be contributing to this increase. One is the growing number of distractions that drivers face while on the road. With the proliferation of smartphones, it is increasingly common for drivers to be texting or using apps while behind the wheel. This can lead to distracted driving and an increased risk of accidents. Other causes include;
Speeding: Drivers who are going too fast have less time to react to pedestrians and are more likely to cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Alcohol impairment: Both drivers and pedestrians are more likely to be involved in accidents if they have been drinking alcohol.
Poor lighting: Pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur at night, especially in areas with poor lighting.
Aging infrastructure; Many roads and intersections in Connecticut were designed before pedestrian safety was a major concern, and as a result, they may not have features like crosswalks or pedestrian-friendly traffic signals. This can make it difficult for pedestrians to safely navigate these areas.
Additionally, Connecticut has a high number of senior citizens, and this population is at particular risk for pedestrian accidents. Older pedestrians may have slower reflexes and be less able to avoid an accident, and they are more likely to suffer serious injuries or fatalities in the event of a collision.
To address this issue, Connecticut needs to take steps to improve pedestrian safety. This could include installing more crosswalks and pedestrian-friendly traffic signals, increasing public awareness campaigns about pedestrian safety, and cracking down on distracted driving. With these measures, we can reduce the number of pedestrian accidents and save lives.
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