US Department of Transportation Paying Money to Keep Pedestrians Safe

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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