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The number of pedestrian deaths continues to climb

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, released its final report on the number of traffic fatalities across the country in 2018. Although, this report included some encouraging news, it highlighted the fact that pedestrian deaths have continued to climb. At this point, the number of people dying due to pedestrian accidents as it is highest since 1990.

In 2018, 6,283 people died in pedestrian accidents, which was an increase of 3.4 percent over the previous year. Perhaps more alarmingly, in the last 10 years, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased by over 40 percent. By contrast, the number of all traffic-related fatalities has dropped by 8 percent.

While experts are looking for ways to turn back this disturbing trend, many people blame the increase in pedestrian deaths on distracted driving, and, specifically, on texting and driving. As some Longview residents may remember, Texas, within the past couple of years, has taken steps to further crack down on texting and driving in this state.

Others indicated that the continued popularity of the SUV is partially to blame. According to one safety group, the number of pedestrian deaths involving an SUV increased much faster than the number of deaths involving sedans and other smaller cars.

In any event, it is important for every driver in Texas to drive slowly and carefully, and free of distractions, at all times, but especially, in places where pedestrians are likely to be in or around the street, such as in congested commercial areas and at intersections. Likewise, drivers need to pay special attention at night, when the vast majority of pedestrian fatalities happen.

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