TUCSON- A new study reveals Arizona may be deadliest state for pedestrians, with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths per resident population.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association report, in recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths.
According to the report, for the first half of 2017, Arizona had 1.61 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people.
It is the highest rate in the country, which is nearly double the national average, a rate of .81 pedestrian deaths for every 100,000 people.
In 2018, there have been seven pedestrian deaths in Tucson, according to the Tucson Police Department. This time last year, there were five pedestrian deaths in Tucson.
Councilman Steve Kozachik said he wants the city to take more safety measures.
“The slower you are going, the greater the chance the pedestrian has of when they are hit by a car. Going from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, makes a significant difference,” he said.
He said there is a pedestrian advisory committee that meets monthly at his Ward 6 office. During the meetings, council members, Tucson Police, Department of Transportation officials and community members discuss pedestrian safety.
The pedestrian advisory committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st St.