In response to the 22nd pedestrian death this year the Wilmington News Journal published an opinion piece that calls for educating pedestrians to reduce the record setting death toll on pedestrians who have accounted for 20% of the deaths and make about 4% of the trips.
While we praise the News Journal for bringing the issue to the forefront, we have to question the blame the victim approach to the problem, which will ultimately prove to be ineffective. Unless there is culpability for speeding, distracted drivers and, a directive for DelDOT to complete our streets for bicycling and walking we will always treat these preventable deaths as something we can not do anything about.
According to Wikipedia – In the civilized world the United States has dropped from first to 10th place in deaths per million vehicle miles traveled. Since 1979 our peer nations of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have cut their traffic deaths in half while the US has declined only 16%.