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IIHS Study Reports Increase in Pedestrian Deaths, Recommends Photo Enforcement to Save Lives

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that pedestrian deaths have increased 46 percent from their lowest point in 2009, accounting for 16 percent of all crash fatalities in 2016.

The study examined the environmental factors that contribute to pedestrian fatalities, finding that most fatal crashes occurred in the evening at nonintersections on urban or suburban roads, and that speeding played a role in the uptick in deaths.

To combat pedestrian injuries and fatalities, IIHS recommends implementing pedestrian beacons at road crossings, curb extensions and sidewalks, and installing photo enforcement cameras in high-risk areas to detect and deter speeding, among other strategies.

REDFLEX®speed and REDFLEX®speed Handheld are versatile photo enforcement solutions that detect and deter speeding in a variety of conditions, offering law enforcement optimal flexibility when monitoring traffic. REDFLEXstop® is also designed to monitor areas with consistent foot traffic, deterring drivers who ignore stop signs.

Read the full IIHS study, and learn more about how Redflex’s photo enforcement solutions can help save lives and improve roadway safety.