PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows a concerning increase in the number of pedestrian traffic deaths across the nation.
The report says 2018 was the deadliest year since 1990. It predicts there were 6,227 pedestrian traffic deaths in 2018.
The report says states were asked to report pedestrian deaths for the first six months of 2018. Which means, the report is preliminary. The Governors Highway Safety Association adjusted the raw data and, based on historical trends, predicted that 6,227 pedestrians died in traffic-related incidents in 2018.
The numbers show a 4 percent increase in the number of pedestrians killed for the 2018 year compared to 2017, nationally.
The good news is that even though the report shows the numbers are up, here in the Pacific Northwest, pedestrian traffic deaths are actually decreasing.
In Washington, the number of pedestrian traffic deaths went from 46 in 2017 to 44 in 2018 – a 4 percent drop.
In Oregon, the numbers dropped 18 percent between 2018 and 2017, from 34 to 28.
Portland has been working toward “Vision Zero,” a goal of zero pedestrian deaths, for the past few years. It’s created a high-crash network, which includes Burnside Street from the west side of town to the east side.
The vision includes street safety improvements, like crossing enhancements.
In Portland, the number of pedestrians hit and killed didn’t drop as significantly. The number went from 18 in 2017 to 16 in 2018.