Feds act to stem growth in pedestrian deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are taking action to stop a rise in pedestrian deaths around the country.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a $2 million grant program to improve pedestrian safety through education and enforcement. He says the money will be targeted for 22 communities with high pedestrian death rates.

Foxx says the grant program is just the beginning of the pedestrian safety initiative. The next step will be a pedestrian safety summit this fall with America Walks, a non-profit group working to make communities more walkable.

According to Foxx, pedestrian deaths have rising for the past two years, and currently a pedestrian is killed every two hours on U.S. roads.

He says pedestrian safety is among the most important transportation safety concerns because it affects so many people. In his words, “Whether you drive or fly or take a train or ride a boat or use Metro, everyone in America is a pedestrian.”

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