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Connecticut Experienced a 53% Increase in Pedestrian Deaths for the First Half of 2018 as Compared to 2017

Pedestrian Deaths predicted to be highest since 1990 in United States

There were 29 Pedestrian Deaths in Connecticut during the first half of 2018 according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Accidents closest to East Windsor are listed below.

In recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown sharply. During the 10-year period from 2008 to 2017, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent (from 4,414 deaths in 2008 to 5,977 deaths in 2017); meanwhile, the combined number of all other traffic deaths declined by six percent. Along with the increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities, pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total motor vehicle crash deaths increased from 12 percent in 2008 to 16 percent in 2017.

Crashes that involved a pedestrian fatality near East Windsor are:

RoadwayTownDateTimeWeatherAgeActions priorAction at time of
BURRITT STNew Britain1/26/201821:03:00Clear62Crossing RoadwayDart/Dash
FARMINGTON AVNew Britain3/10/201820:45:00Clear56Crossing RoadwayUnknown
OLD COUNTY RDWindsor Locks5/3/20180:04:00Clear65UnknownUnknown
WARNERTOWN RDSuffield2/21/201814:54:00Clear85Crossing RoadwayDart/Dash
75-NWindsor Locks4/25/201822:06:00Rain64Crossing RoadwayDart/Dash
ALLEN STNew Britain5/19/201815:59:00Rain65Crossing RoadwayInattentive (Talking, Eating, etc.)
Wyllys StreetHartford4/19/20186:04:00Rain52Crossing RoadwayNot Visible (Dark Clothing, No Lighting, etc.)
95 Vine StreetHartford1/16/201821:53:00Clear24Crossing RoadwayNo Improper Action
COLUMBUS BLVDHartford6/15/201813:48:00Rain40Crossing RoadwayFailure to Yield Right-Of-Way
EDGEWOOD ST NO 1Hartford1/16/201812:04:00Clear61Walking/Cycling on SidewalkNo Improper Action
EDGEWOOD ST NO 1Hartford1/16/201812:04:00Clear Walking/Cycling on SidewalkNo Improper Action
WYLLYS STHartford4/19/20186:04:00Rain52Crossing RoadwayFailure to Obey Traffic Signs, Signals, or Officer
VINE STHartford1/16/201821:53:00Clear23NoneFailure to Yield Right-Of-Way

Many factors outside the control of state and local traffic safety officials contribute to annual changes in the number of pedestrian fatalities, including economic conditions, population growth, demographic changes, weather conditions, fuel prices, vehicle miles traveled and the amount of time people spend walking.

The increasing shift in U.S. vehicle sales away from passenger cars to light trucks (with light trucks generally causing more severe pedestrian impacts than cars) is also a factor. Although passenger cars are the largest category of vehicles involved in fatal pedestrian crashes, the number of pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs increased at a faster rate — 50 percent – from 2013 to 2017 compared to passenger cars, which increased by 30 percent.
Increases in pedestrian fatalities are occurring largely at night. From 2008 to 2017 the number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 45 percent, compared to a much smaller 11 percent increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities.

Another possible factor contributing to the recent rise in the overall number of pedestrian fatalities could be the large growth in smartphone use over the past decade, which can be a significant source of distraction for all road users.

According to GHSA, More than one-third of pedestrian fatalities occur on local streets.

Pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2018 declined in 23 states compared with the same period in 2017.ase in daytime pedestrian fatalities.

With a rate of .82 Pedestrian Fatalities per 100K population, Connecticut ranks 16th amongst all the states.

Connecticut's public information campaign, “Watch for Me CT”, was highlighted as a way to prevent pedestrian fatalities.  The “Watch for Me CT” campaign is a statewide educational community outreach campaign involving media components and community engagement in partnership with CT Children’s Medical Center.

A full copy of the report can be found here: https://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/files/2019-02/FINAL_Pedestrians19.pdf

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