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Pedestrian Safety

In an average year in Utah, 40 pedestrians are killed and 1,055 are involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. Nearly half (49.7%) of all pedestrians involved in a crash with a motor vehicle are age 19 and under and nearly 60% are male ( Violence and Injury Prevention Program, UDOH)

In 2006, 175 pedestrians involved in crashes with motor vehicles were hospitalized with serious injuries. Treatment charges totaled nearly $5 million, with an average charge of $29,100 per patient ( Center for Health Data, UDOH). In 2005, 874 pedestrians involved in a crash with a motor vehicle were seen in emergency rooms, with treatment charges totaling nearly $2.1 million ( Center for Health Data, UDOH).

Pedestrian safety is a serious issue in Utah. From 1996-2005, the state ranked 29th in the nation for pedestrian fatalities (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The Salt Lake City/Ogden metro area was ranked 31st most dangerous in the country for pedestrians ( Surface Transportation Policy Project: Mean Streets 2004).

Younger children are more likely to suffer non-traffic related pedestrian injuries, including those occurring in driveways, residential parking areas and all other parking lots. From 1997 through 2006, 41 children under the age of 10 have been killed by motor vehicles on private property. Ninety-three percent of the victims were under the age of six. These types of incidents (occurring on private property locations) account for nearly half (49%) of all pedestrian-related deaths for pedestrians under the age of 10 years.

There are more than 2.5 million pedestrians in Utah, as everyone walks at some time. An Envision Utah™ survey showed that 82% of Utah residents want more walkable communities. Walking is a great form of exercise and transportation and is easier on the environment than motor vehicle travel. Walking is good for everyone, and Utah streets and sidewalks should be safe for everyone who chooses to walk.

For more information, see our Utah Pedestrian Fact Sheet.