Arizona ranks first in the number of pedestrian fatalities per resident in the U.S., according to a study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Arizona had 1.61 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people in the first half of 2017. Further, the study shows that pedestrian fatalities are growing faster than traffic deaths.
The increase in pedestrian deaths could be due to the growth in the Valley, more cars on the road, more people walking, and distracted driving. The majority of deaths occur at night.
In March 2018 there were 10 pedestrian deaths in one week in the Phoenix area.
California, Florida, Texas, New York and Arizona accounted for 43 percent of all U.S. pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017.