Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise in Florida and Georgia

A new report shows an increasing number of pedestrian deaths in certain cities, and some of the numbers may surprise you!

"I see a lot of people who, when the crosswalk light turns green, and I’ll start to walk, will be making a right and they just won't stop. I have to stop or run out of the way,” recalls pedestrian Ernest Mitchell.

Some Tallahassee pedestrians think twice before crossing the road, while others feel pretty safe.

"The signal placement has greatly improved downtown. I think it's pretty safe here,” says pedestrian Bobby Brantley.

"Honestly, I think it's pretty darn safe. I feel pretty safe on Tallahassee streets,” adds pedestrian Doug Manheimer.

A private study released Thursday shows in 2003, there where close to 500 pedestrian fatalities in Florida, while in Georgia, the number was close to 150.

And although Tallahassee is not as big a city as Orlando or Miami, the city's population is increasing, and so are pedestrian deaths. According to the report, in 2002 there were two pedestrian deaths in Tallahassee. In 2003, that number rose to seven.

"The numbers don't surprise me, they're not huge. We're not one of the worst counties in Florida for that problem, but we consider every fatality a major tragedy,” says Jennifer Carver of Capital Regional Transportation Planning.

According the report from the Surface Transportation Policy Project, Florida’s streets are the nation’s most dangerous for pedestrians.

The report shows the top three metro areas for pedestrian fatalities in Florida are
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando. In Georgia, the top three are Atlanta, Macon and Augusta-Aiken.