VDOT rolls out pedestrian safety action plan

Virginia

Virginia Department of Transportation officials say over 120 pedestrians fatalities have happened on Virginia roads each year for the past several years.

The department has recently rolled out their first-ever pedestrian safety action plan with hopes to bring those numbers way down.

Officials say pedestrian involved crashes make up 15 percent of total traffic fatalities and they are happening in concentrated areas across the state, including areas in the Shenandoah Valley.

The 3-part  action plan includes studies to predict which corridors may be safety issues in the future so they can stop the problem before it arises. 

“In 2016 we saw a big jump in our number of pedestrian deaths in the state, it went up over 50 percent from around 80 pedestrian deaths per year to up over 120 and at that point in time we just knew we couldn’t do the same things we had always been doing,” Mark Cole of VDOT said.

According to the pedestrian safety action plan, close to three-quarters of all pedestrian crashes between 2012 and 2016 resulting in injuries occurred at locations without a crosswalk

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