Is Tucson's Downward Trend of Pedestrian Fatalities Due to the Pandemic?
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Aug 28, 2020 in Local
For the five years prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of pedestrians killed by cars in Tucson continued to increase, according to the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility. In 2019, the Tucson Police Department stated that a total of 39 pedestrians were killed on the city's roadways. That equates to about one death every nine days. Overall, from 2014 to 2019, there was approximately a 180 percent increase in Tucson's pedestrian fatalities.
However, Arizona Public Media reported that this year, those numbers are finally going down, which is likely due to the decrease in the number of vehicles on Tucson's roads during the pandemic. Tucson Police Department Captain Diana Duffy said it is difficult to compare 2020 to previous years because circumstances created by COVID-19 have dramatically changed traffic flow. So far, there has been a 22 percent decrease this year in pedestrian fatalities, according to Duffy. However, motorcycle and vehicle fatalities have increased in the same timeframe.
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