Pedestrian-Unfriendly Streets Claim More Lives in 2011

Police say that if pedestrians wear one of these nifty reflectors they are more likely to be spotted in the dark by a careless driver. Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
1/24/2012 9:29 AM

Last year was another hostile year for pedestrians crossing the street, as deaths shot up to nearly double the figure for 2010.

Twenty-six pedestrians and 13 bicyclists died in traffic accidents in 2011. A year earlier, only 14 pedestrians were killed.

In 2011, the death tally for traffic accidents overall reached 101, including 34 drivers, 23 passengers, four motorcyclists and one scooter driver.

The high number of deaths was an unfortunate regression from 2010, which had a record low of 78.

The national traffic safety campaign for 2013 to 2015 sets the target of fewer than 100 traffic fatalities a year by 2015. In 2006 the figure was 204. Sixteen of the pedestrians who were killed in 2011 were not wearing required light reflectors.


Ott Tammik

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