October is Pedestrian Safety Month, and government statistics show that pedestrian roadway deaths have been on the rise for years.
Safety advocates say part of the problem is increasingly large trucks and SUVs that are especially dangerous to walkers, runners and bicyclists. Since 2011, pedestrian and cyclist deaths have increased by 64%, to an estimated 8,413 in 2022.
U.S. vehicle safety ratings currently only consider the safety of the people inside the vehicle. The National Association of City Transportation Officials is leading an effort asking government regulators to begin factoring the safety of those outside of vehicles into their 5-star safety ratings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed new pedestrian crash avoidance tests, but they would be voluntary and not part of the agency’s 5-star rating system, said Billy Richling, a spokesperson at the National Association of City Transportation Officials, which is pushing to make the pedestrian safety testing mandatory.
“A vehicle could fail the pedestrian crash-worthiness test and still receive five stars,” he said.
PHOTO INFO: A vehicle drives past a memorial for 5-year-old Allie Hart, who was struck and killed in 2021 by a driver while riding her bicycle in a crosswalk, Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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