pedestrian death rates popped up on my radar. It appears that if one has a penchant for running over pedestrians, Florida is prime hunting ground. I assume it is the concentration of old fogies that makes it easier pickings.
If one likes to walk with a sense of safety, New England seems to be Walker's Paradise. My own state comes in at number 45, New Hampster at 44, and Massachusetts is a relatively safe 42. And while Alaska can claim being the 2nd safest state to hoof around, Vermont comes in as the safest place to wear out those new Reebok walkers you just bought. If you want an edgier walk while up here in the North East, head to Connecticut (29th), or Rhode Island (31st).
I guess it is no surprise that states with more rural and less urban would be safer to walk in. Cram more people and cars into smaller spaces and the interactions between the two groups will have a higher percentage of ugly results. Why then does the State of New York come in at a lofty 39th? No place is more crowded than New York City. Throw in all the other urban areas in that state and I would have expected New York to be at least breathing down Florida's neck for the top spot. I guess there might be something to the notion that New Yorkers are born street smart.
I've been to New York City many times. Only once did I come close to taking out a pedestrian. Matter of fact it would have been a three-fer. But I went on auto pilot and stopped inches from rolling over a very big black woman with a child clutched in each meaty hand. She stepped back from the front of my GMC tractor trailer, looked up at me with eyes the size of pie plates. I looked down at her with my pie plate eyes. A scowl came across her face and she screamed, "Fucking Asshole", then proceeded to continue her Jay Walk across the street, dragging her scared shitless children behind her. I will admit I checked my drawers when I finished the 6 blocks left to the Bronx Food Market.
47,700 plus pedestrians have been mowed down by cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, or bikes between 2000 and 2009. That breaks down to almost 5000 people a year. The article goes on to say that while automobile deaths have dropped dramatically, drops in pedestrian deaths have not enjoyed a similar decline. The pedestrian death rate is hardly chump change when compared to other causes of death in this country. But in the hierarchy of what we die from, getting nailed by a moving vehicle is just another hazard of living in an increasingly crowded country.
Image from "I don't Brake for Nuns"