To combat the climbing pedestrian fatality rate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently awarded $1.6 million in grants to improve the safety of those who travel by foot.
According to NHTSA, pedestrian deaths increased six percent in 2012. In New York, 297 pedestrians died that year, an increase from the year before.
In April of this year, NHTSA announced grants to three cities with high pedestrian fatality rates. The money is intended to fund enforcement and educational initiatives to increase the safety of pedestrians and provide effective models for other communities.
Cities receiving grants this year include:
- New York City: In 2012, almost 50 percent of the motor vehicle fatalities in New York City in 2012 were pedestrians. The $805,801 grant is slated to increase enforcement efforts against motorists who speed and disregard pedestrian rights in crosswalks. Young men are the most frequent pedestrian victims in the city. The grant will fund social media campaigns to decrease fatalities by increasing safety awareness.
- Louisville: With $307,000, Louisville intends to create educational campaigns targeted at improving safety for young children and senior citizens. Funding is also provided for training and crosswalk enforcement.
- Philadelphia: The $525,000 grant to Philadelphia allows the city to increase police visibility, improve crosswalk safety and provide marketing support to local safety campaigns.
As noted by NHTSA, everyone is a pedestrian at one point or another. Hopefully, this grant can help improve the safety of pedestrians in our city. But if you are seriously injured in a pedestrian or other accident in New York, talk with an experienced personal injury attorney.