Report: Louisiana 4th in Nation for Pedestrian Danger, Deaths

Louisiana ranks among the most dangerous areas for pedestrians in a new national report.

The state is listed as fourth in the nation for pedestrian fatalities in the report released by Smart Growth America. In Louisiana, 1,047 walkers were hit and killed by drivers from 2008 through 2017, an average of 2.25 for every 100,000 people.

Baton Rouge is listed as 12th among the top 20 metro areas on the “Pedestrian Danger Index.” The report says the city had 182 pedestrian deaths over the decade, averaging more than two deaths for every 100,000 people.

The report says the number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased 35 percent nationally over the decade.

The report suggests better crosswalks, sidewalks and other infrastructure to make it safer for walkers.

Of the other South Central states, Texas was ranked the eight most dangerous state in the PDI report, Oklahoma came in at 14 and Arkansas was ranked 15the most dangerous.

The PDI statistics are included in Smart Growth America’s 2019 Dangerous by Design report.