Death rate among pedestrians high
Tragically, one-fifth of children under age 14 killed in traffic crashes in 2013 were pedestrians.
Older adults are also extremely vulnerable. While those 65 or older comprised just over 15 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they accounted for almost 30 percent of the state’s pedestrian fatalities in the past 10 years -with Altoona having the highest pedestrian fatality rate among Pennsylvania metro areas from 2008-2012.
It’s no surprise that nearly half of those AARP surveyed age 50 and older said they could not safely cross the main streets in their neighborhoods.
Congressman Bill Shuster,?R-9th District, chairs the conference committee that will play a vital role as the House and Senate come to final agreement on a transportation bill.
He can help reduce these tragic fatalities by ensuring that stronger pedestrian safety measures included in the Senate version of the bill remain in the final conference report with the House.
The Senate legislation includes bipartisan safety improvements that help ensure that our transportation investments provide safe travel for pedestrians and everyone who uses the road, regardless of their age or ability.
We urge Chairman Shuster to support the Senate language in the conference committee finalizing the transportation bill and recognize that safe and well-designed streets and crosswalks are important to any community.
Crossing the street shouldn’t mean crossing your fingers.