The Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released 2018 preliminary data on pedestrian fatalities by state. The report compares data from the first six months of 2017 to preliminary figures from the first six months of 2018.
According to the GHSA report, New Jersey is among 25 states that had an increase in pedestrian fatalities. New Jersey had 67 pedestrian fatalities from January through June 2017. That number was 9 percent higher, 73 fatalities, during the same period in 2018.
Nationwide, from 2008 to 2017 the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent, while the combined number of all other traffic deaths declined by 6 percent during the same period, according to the GHSA report.
GHSA notes that eliminating pedestrian fatalities requires a comprehensive approach that combines enforcement, engineering, education and emergency medical response. Street Smart NJ continues to work with law enforcement and our municipal, county and state partners to use education and enforcement to change the behaviors that contribute to crashes and result in pedestrian deaths and injuries.
Read the full report at www.GHSA.org