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Why Are More Pedestrians Dying On Texas Roads?

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The United States is seeing a sharp rise in the number of pedestrian fatalities, according to a recent reportfrom the Governors Highway Safety Association. Nearly 300 pedestrians were killed on Texas roads in the first half of 2018.

Speeding, impaired or distracted driving, and even a vehicle's size are identified as some crash factors. What other circustances put a pedestrian – or a driver – at risk?

Texas, Arizona, California, Florida and Georgia represent 33 percent of the nationwide population, but account for 46 percent of the country's pedestrian deaths.

Can state and local regulations find infrastructure solutions for the issue? In what ways can law enforcement and initiatives like Vision Zerowork together to reverse the trend?

What can the community do to protect pedestrians and prevent future incidents?


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This interview aired on Monday, March 18, 2019.

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.