Pedestrians in Florida know that crossing a major road always involves a certain degree of danger. Almost 5,000 pedestrians lost their lives around the country in 2012, and almost half of these accidents involved a driver or a pedestrian that had been drinking. It is hoped that efforts to combat drunk driving may result in fewer pedestrians being killed or injured.
Florida is a popular destination for retirees, which makes efforts to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the state a priority. Those aged 65 or older made up 20 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. in 2012. While many older individuals who suffer a pedestrian injury are struck by a motor vehicle, some fall after tripping over a curb or loose paving stone. Developing traffic plans that take into account the needs of pedestrians and making timely repairs to roads and sidewalks could go a long way towards reducing the number of these types of accidents.