Pedestrian Fatality Rates in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County’s pedestrian fatality rate is higher than that of the United States. From 2014 to 2015, Los Angeles County’s pedestrian fatality rate fell by about 14.3% from 2.1 to 1.8 deaths per 100,000 pedestrians but spiked to 2.6 deaths per 100,000 pedestrians in 2016.
The Los Angeles Times cited three primary reasons for higher pedestrian fatality rate in the region: an increase in driving as evident in the rise in car sales and registrations, an increase in distractions among drivers, and a decrease in the number of speeding tickets issued.
To combat the rise in pedestrian deaths, the City of Los Angeles in particular is leading the Vision Zero campaign to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.