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Pedestrian deaths stay steady in RI, increase nationwide

March 1, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The rate of pedestrian deaths has held steady in Rhode Island despite it rising nationwide.

WPRI-TV reports the state has been averaging pedestrian 12 fatalities a year.

State Department of Transportation managing engineer Bob Rocchio says it took a lot to keep the number steady, but they “need to get to zero.”

Rocchio says the state has put a focus on engineering, education and enforcement, but drivers and pedestrians need to do their part and reduce distractions.

He says 80 percent of pedestrian deaths in the state happen between 4 p.m. and midnight.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says 6,227 pedestrians died nationwide in 2018, a 35 percent increase over a decade.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com