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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 5, 2013

Some Streets Aren’t Made for Walking

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(21):2206. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6021

An aging, more diverse US population could drive up traffic-related pedestrian deaths in the coming years, according to findings published in the Morbidity and Mortality Report.

Data from the National Vital Statistics System showed that of 47 392 pedestrians who died in motor vehicle crashes between 2001 and 2010, the highest death rates were among adults aged 75 years or older and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals. Overall, about 13% of people who die in motor vehicle crashes are pedestrians.

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