Pedestrian deaths in the U.S. held steady in 2017 compared with the previous year, but the number – nearly 6,000 – is not a comforting one. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrians and drivers continue to live dangerously and not always compatibly, but important safety strides are being made in some states such as Texas.
A Washington-based nonprofit, the GHSA recently released a report that analyzed pedestrian traffic fatalities. What it found was that pedestrians and drivers often are distracted from their tasks at hand. Smartphones and marijuana usage are suspected to be among the reasons.