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Sacramento Makes List of Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

 
Sacramento Makes List of Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians
Posted Friday, May 23rd 2014 @ 7am  by KFBK News - James Rojas

Pedestrian deaths are going up in the U.S. and Sacramento made the list of the 25 most deadly cities for those walking around.

Data collected from 2003 to 2012 showed more than 47,000 people were killed while walking around cities. That is 16 times the number of people who died in natural disasters in the same 10 years. 

And the new report shows that in the past few years those numbers have risen, with Sacramento coming in at number 23 on the danger index. 

Stephanie Seskin with the National Complete Streets Coalition says re-designing problem streets could possibly reduce pedestrian deaths.

"If we can make sure the money we have for transportation investment is going toward improving things for people who are walking, and biking, and taking transit as well as driving, that will go the furthest in making sure we're bringing down that number of fatalities," she said. 

Children 15 years and younger are considered a higher risk of being injured or killed while walking the streets. 

Riverside is the only other city in California on the list -- coming in at No. 14.

Florida leads the rest of the country with four cities making up the top five. 

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