Coachella Valley Pedestrian Fatalities Reach 12-Year High
Pedestrian fatalities rose to a shocking high in 2016. As of this week, 28 people have died this year after being struck by a vehicle in the Coachella Valley. This is the highest number of pedestrian deaths in this area in the 12 years The Desert Sun has been collecting the data.
The second deadliest year was 2013, when 17 pedestrians were killed. The reason for the steep rise in fatalities is not immediately clear, but jaywalking played a role in most of the incidents this year, according to investigators. About half of the fatal collisions occurred at night in poorly lit areas.
Fortunately, most of these crashes were not hit-and-runs, and drivers were only arrested for hit-and-run in two of the incidents.
The upward trend in pedestrian fatalities is part of a larger state and national trend. Pedestrian deaths are up 31% statewide and 25% nationally from 2010 to 2015. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, a number of factors are likely responsible for the sharp rise in pedestrian fatalities. These include an increase in travel due to lower gas prices and an improving economy, distracted driving and walking, and an increase in people walking for health, environmental and/or economic reasons,
“Pedestrian safety is clearly a growing problem in the Coachella Valley and across the country. We need to get to the root of the problem and address it with education and enforcement,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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