State data shows that more pedestrians in Georgia died after being hit by a vehicle last year than in any other year since 1997.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 2013 was the second consecutive year of rising pedestrian deaths in Georgia, though the total number of pedestrian crashes decreased.
Last year saw 182 people killed statewide after being hit by vehicles. So far this year, 67 pedestrians have died, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2013.
Roughly half of the deadly crashes involving pedestrians happen in metro Atlanta, where clogged multi-lane roads frequently lack sidewalks and safe crossing areas for those on foot.
As part of its research, the AJC asked the Georgia Department of Transportation for data on some of the worst roads in Atlanta for pedestrian crashes. Here’s the Top 10 in terms of frequency of crashes dating back to 2003. (Note that the state could not provide the actual locations of accidents, only the roads on which they occurred.)
1 FULTON PEACHTREE ST 178
2 DEKALB BUFORD HWY 154
3 FULTON ROSWELL RD 129
4 FULTON PEACHTREE RD 123
5 FULTON MARTIN L KING JR DR 104
6 DEKALB MEMORIAL DR 92
7 DEKALB COVINGTON HWY 84
8 FULTON N AVE 82
9 CLAYTON SR 3 81
10 FULTON OLD NATIONAL HWY 77