Thursday, September 29, 2011
Additional analysis of data on pedestrian safety released during last month’s CountyStat meeting shows that County Executive Ike Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative is working to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian collisions. The data shows improvements in the areas targeted by the County with engineering, enforcement and education efforts.
- A decline in severe pedestrian injuries to 24 percent for the first six months of 2011. This percentage has been declining since 2007. Prior to 2007, severe injuries - - where pedestrians were either killed or incapacitated - - exceeded 30 percent of all pedestrian collisions.
- In the County’s eight High Incidence Areas (locations with the highest number of pedestrian collisions) there was a 56 percent decline in pedestrian collisions in 2010, as compared to the preceding five-year average of collisions (18 in 2010 and 42 for the preceding five-year average).
- As of June 2011, there was a 70 percent decline in pedestrian collision at schools where engineering, education and enforcement actions were completed. Data compared incidents from the three years preceding improvements to the three years afterwards.
The full CountyStat presentation is available on the County’s website.