Older Pedestrians At Most Risk Of Death
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
August 15, 2012
A group that studies transportation issues says older pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be killed in traffic accidents.
Janna Chernetz with the Tri State Transportation Campaign says the fatality rate in New Jersey for those 60 and over is almost twice that of younger pedestrians.
“They have a declining vision, decreased physical fitness and flexibility, decreased ability to focus attention, and increased reaction time. Also existing pedestrian infrastructure such as duration of crosswalk signals have a tendency to ignore the needs of older walkers.”
Chernetz recommends that the needs of pedestrians be considered when new roads are designed.
“We’re also asking for New Jersey to pass what’s called a vulnerable users bill that would stiffen penalties for drivers who recklessly kill or injure pedestrians, bicyclists, highway workers, or state troopers.”
© 2012 WBGO News
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