Preliminary Data Shows Pedestrian Deaths Down in Maryland

A preliminary report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities in Maryland are slightly decreasing.

Data from the study reveal that during the first six months of 2017, 41 pedestrians fatalities were reported in Maryland.  In 2016, that number was 46.

“That reduction in the first six months is a step in the right direction we still have work to do,” Lora Rakowski, spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration, said. “Our vision is zero fatalities. Even one loss is too many.”

Rakowski attributes the slight decline to state initiatives outlined in the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan.  Strategies implemented include: promote safe behavior of road users through education and enforcement; identify safe driving and pedestrian behaviors for motorists and public safety professionals; and utilize date to identify and target pedestrian and bicycle safety issues.

The report released by GHSA offers preliminary data collected in the first few months of a year which is why Chrissy Nizer, administrator for the Maryland Vehicle Administration, urges people to examine the data cautiously.

“Pedestrian traffic fatalities have been very consistent in the state of Maryland,” Nizer said. “Approximately 100 pedestrian fatalities, plus or minus, are reported each year.  Pedestrian fatalities make up 20 to 25 percent of all fatalities on the road.”

Nizer said the MVA is working collectively with other agencies, like law enforcement, to educate pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on safety issues to decrease pedestrian fatalities.

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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