MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Deaths involving pedestrians are up 46% over the past decade.
To make matters worse, a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows the trend continued during the pandemic, even though fewer drivers were on the road.READ MORE: Retired Police Major Explains How Miami-Dade Officers Are Trained Not To Mix Up Handgun & Taser
The report found that the pedestrian fatality rate rose 20% during the first six months of 2020.
“It’s disconcerting. It’s frustrating. It’s a whole variety of emotions that we’re dealing with,” said Pam Shadel Fischer from the GHSA.
Fischer said even though people were driving less under lockdown, wide open roads led to an increase in speeding.
“What we’re seeing out there is just this uptick in risky behaviors,” she said.READ MORE: With J&J's Single-Shot Paused, Medical Expert Says People Shouldn’t ‘Try To Skimp At This Stage’ When It Comes To 2nd Dose Of Pfizer Or Moderna
Those risky behaviors include drunk driving, reported in nearly half of fatal pedestrian accidents.
In San Diego, police say a man under the influence hit and killed at least three people. The crash happened during the day, but most deadly accidents happen at night.
“I look at infrastructure, we need better lighting so pedestrians are more visible,” Fischer said.
Safety advocates also want to see more sidewalks, and more places for people to cross, so they are not running through traffic.
“It’s a comprehensive approach that we need to really address the problem,” Fischer said.MORE NEWS: 'Bed Tax' Change Backed In Florida House
The study also found minorities are more likely to be killed in pedestrian accidents.