Pedestrian deaths more than double in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Pedestrian fatalities are up dramatically in Ohio according to a new report.

Experts say it’s not just distracted drivers causing accidents. Distracted walkers may be just as equally at fault in some crashes.

Pedestrian fatalities more than doubled in Ohio…from the first 6 months of 2014 to the first 6 months of 2015…. going from 25 to 56 fatalites. The report was released by the Governors Highway Safety Association…and suggests an improved economy and low gas prices had motorists putting more miles behind the wheel than ever before.

Also, experts say the growing use of cellphones distracting both drivers and walkers is also to blame. Ohio was one of 26 states where deaths increased during that time period.

2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with the President of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Brian Martin, who says its up to both drivers and pedestrians to help make walking safer for everyone.

“I think if everyone has their head up and if they’re watching where they’re walking where they’re going it would be a completely different situation,” Martin said.

To view the full report, click here.

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