Study finds Orlando as most dangerous city for pedestrians

ORLANDO, Fla. - A study by National Complete Streets Coalition finds that when it comes to pedestrians people aren't safe in Florida.

The four most dangerous cities are all in Florida with Orlando topping the list with over 200 pedestrian deaths.

Some officials say large roads with six lanes or more could be to blame.

"When you look at State Road 50, S.R. 436, Orange Blossom Trail which are typically our top three areas for pedestrian crashes. We do see pedestrians have to travel across six lanes," Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said Tuesday.

Orlando is full of large streets with several lanes which encourage fast-moving traffic and when pedestrians dart out into it, the results can be tragic.

According to the National Complete Streets Coalition the four most dangerous places to walk are all in Florida; Tampa, Clearwater and Jacksonville, with Orlando topping the list.

According to the new report, Central Florida ranks as the most dangerous metro region for walkers from 2003-2012 and some officials say poor street design and planning are to blame, but others say it's a combination of issues.

"It's a group effort to reduce those crashes and I don't think you can blame one aspect over the other," Montes said.

Montes says under state law, about 80 percent of crashes involving pedestrians- the pedestrian is at fault.

"For either darting out in to traffic, violation of right away and a lot of times the pedestrians are impaired," Montes said.

When Local 6 was at the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail near West Lancaster Road, Local 6 caught one person after the next constantly illegally darting across the busy six-lane roadway.

Quincy White was one of those pedestrians. He admits he's had some close calls himself and now has some good advice.

"People need to slow down. People really need to slow down," White said.

Nearly 600 pedestrians were killed crossing the street in Central Florida for this study, compare that with only 44 in Washington.

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