The Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that 116 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes in Georgia in the first six months of 2019, down from 137 for the same period in 2018. Meanwhile, pedestrian deaths rose 3 percent to 3,015 for the same period nationwide.
That sounds like great news. But hold the celebration. The long-term picture in Georgia is grim: Pedestrian deaths doubled between 2011 and 2018, according to data provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Richard Retting, the author of the association’s report.