Louisiana pedestrian deaths in 2012 reach 15-year high - KLFY News 10

Louisiana pedestrian deaths in 2012 reach 15-year high

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Louisiana's pedestrian deaths jumped to 122 in 2012, the highest number recorded since 1997 when 138 people died as a result of colliding with motor vehicles.

"Many pedestrian deaths occur under similar conditions to crash deaths involving only vehicles," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "In both types of deaths, factors often involve alcohol, evening hours and weekends. We believe most pedestrian deaths are avoidable."

While there traditionally has been much attention paid to child pedestrian safety, all but 10 of the 122 pedestrian victims in 2012 were 21 or older. Alcohol was present in 43 percent of the pedestrians killed but that figure could be higher because the presence of alcohol in many of the fatalities was unknown or test results were pending.

More pedestrians were killed on Fridays and Saturdays than on other days. Ninety-six of the 122 pedestrian deaths occurred in evening hours, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The 2012 pedestrian deaths represented a significant increase over the 93 pedestrians killed in 2011.

In addition to the fatalities, 1,343 pedestrians were injured in Louisiana in 2012. Nationally, pedestrian deaths increased by 7.1 percent in 2012, which is the most recent year for which completed state and national statistics are available.

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