The recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found Ohio was one of 25 states where fewer pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2013. Pedestrian fatalities dropped nationwide for the first time since 2009.
Safety officials said it’s too early to tell whether it’s a trend, but they hope increased efforts to keep pedestrians out of the path of vehicles are working.
“More people are getting out and about walking for health and the environment” said Kara Macek, a spokeswoman for the safety association. “As people are getting used to more pedestrians on the roads, maybe they are paying attention”
The study found pedestrian deaths in Ohio dropped from 56 in the first half of 2012 to 35 in the first six months of last year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Only three states had a bigger drop in that period.
The drop in pedestrian deaths throughout Ohio mirrors an overall reduction in traffic fatalities in 2013, when fewer than 1,000 people died in car wrecks for the first time since the state began keeping records in 1936.