Feds act to stem growth in pedestrian deaths
The Valley was deemed not dangerous enough to make the top 20 list of deadliest pedestrian cities.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A big chunk of federal money is going up for grabs to pay for pedestrian safety programs. But apparently, officials in Washington don't think the streets of Las Vegas are dangerous enough.
On Monday, transportation officials announced a new pedestrian safety initiative.
They are offering $2 million in grants to cities with the highest rates of pedestrian deaths. Las Vegas is not on that list.
Here's a look at the numbers for Las Vegas:
- 29 fatal auto-pedestrian accidents in 2013
- 25 in 2012
- 9 in 2011
51-percent of Metro's fatal crashes involve pedestrians.
Nationwide, 4,400 pedestrians were killed in 2011.
"On average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours on U.S. roads. This is something that impacts all of us. Whether you are walking to your car from the office, taking a morning jog or crossing the street to say hello to your neighbor, at some point, everyday we're all pedestrians," said Anthony Foxx, transportation secretary.
Some of the cities that made the cut and are more dangerous than Las Vegas include New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.