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US Department of Transportation Paying Money to Keep Pedestrians Safe

The United States Department of Transportation is offering big bucks to keep pedestrians safe.
WASHINGTON - The United States Department of Transportation is offering big bucks to keep pedestrians safe.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the initiative called Everyone is a Pedestrian.

Foxx says the campaign is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths.

According to officials, nearly 4,500 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011, that's an 8% increase since 2009. 

Locally in Vermont 3 out of 55 traffic deaths involved pedestrians. For New Hampshire it was 5 out of 90. New York came in second in the nation where 25% of traffic deaths were pedestrians.

California had the most pedestrian deaths for 2011.

States have until August 30 to apply for the money.


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