Is drinking the cause of pedestrian accidents?


A new study has been published and states that a lot of the pedestrians that have been killed by drivers in the past decade have died due to the fact that they were drunk at the time.

“The analysis by Alcoholic.org found 18 percent of pedestrians over age 16 who were fatally struck were boozed up. The figure represents 213 of the 1,208 pedestrians killed in city traffic from 2005 to 2014. A person in an inebriated state is not taking the same precautions that they would while sober,” said data analyst Tristan Harris. For example, he said, “they are possibly stumbling into the roadway from the sidewalk. “Still, Harris suggested at least some of the deaths might not be the fault of the drunken victim but instead related to the fact that they tend to walk around during the same hours that more drivers are drinking.” Not only had the pedestrians been drunk, but at least 22% of drivers who died, were drunk as well.

Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered illegal in all 50 states and if a pedestrian has a blood alcohol level of at least .08 they are considred drunk as well. “Alcoholic.org used data provided by the US Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which has been tracking details of traffic deaths since 1975. A transportation-safety advocate said New York City streets should be safe even for pedestrians who have had a few drinks.”It’s a part of city life to be able to have a few drinks at the pub and walk home,” said Steely White, director of Transportation Alternatives. It should not be a death sentence. Our streets should be forgiving enough that death is not an outcome. “City officials said they are working on making the streets safer. “Vision Zero is about protecting everyone from fatal and serious crashes, which we believe are preventable,” said city Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel.” 

Source: http://nypost.com/2016/01/18/a-lot-of-pedestrians-killed-on-nyc-streets-are-drunk/

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