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Study: 723 pedestrians were killed in Alabama between 2003-2012

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According to a Smart Growth America study, over seven percent of the 10,061 traffic-related deaths in Alabama between 2003 and 2012 were pedestrians, making it the 2nd-most dangerous state in America for people walking on or near public streets.

The study -- Dangerous by Design 2014 -- revealed a total of 723 people were killed while walking in Alabama. It lists the state's overall "Pedestrian Danger Index" at 125.19. Between 2003 and 2010, pedestrians killed included 49 children under the age of 16 and 93 adults ages 65 or older.

Nearly a third of the deaths occurred on arterial roads that are eligible to receive federal funding for construction and/or improvement, according to the report, which said the design of the aforementioned roads are optimized to "maximize the speed of automotive traffic and not for pedestrian safety and comfort."

[Click here to read the full report  -- Dangerous by Design 2014 Alabama]

The Birmingham and Hoover metropolitan areas of Alabama reportedly had 148 pedestrian fatalities and 1,950 traffic-related deaths between 2003 and 2012, the most of any other metro-areas in the state. Mobile had the highest percentage of people killed while walking during the same time period. The study showed 18.1 percent of Mobile's 796 traffic fatalities were pedestrians. In contrast, Gadsden had the least-highest percentage of pedestrians killed with five or 2.6 percent of the 193 traffic-related deaths.

Metro Areas in Alabama

Metropolitan Area
Total traffic fatalities (2003–2012)
Total pedestrian fatalities
Percentage of traffic deaths that were pedestrians
Anniston-Oxford, AL 200 12 6.0%
Auburn-Opelika, AL 221 14 6.3%
Birmingham-Hoover, AL* 1,950 148 7.6%
Columbus, GA-AL 473 67 14.2%
Decatur, AL 314 14 4.5%
Dothan, AL 261 12 4.6%
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 273 21 7.7%
Gadsden, AL 193 5 2.6%
Huntsville, AL 702 68 9.7%
Mobile, AL 796 144 18.1%
Montgomery, AL 737 68 9.2%
Tuscaloosa, AL 514 34 6.6%
Metros marked with an asterisk have a margin of error of over 10 percent for the Journey-To-Work data.

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