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State Legislation Responds to Pedestrian Safety Failures in Connecticut

So far in 2020, drivers have killed 15 pedestrians on Connecticut roads.
March 10, 2020, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Pedestrians wait to cross the street in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Responding to a particularly deadly year for pedestrians, Connecticut state legislators are considering House Bill 5324, which among other measures would return speed limits to local control, reports Daniel Altimari.

"Pedestrian deaths in the state increased by 20% between 2017 and 2018, according to available data," according to Altimari. "Reasons for the increases are varied, but some experts blame distracted drivers, larger, more powerful vehicles and speed."  The article opens with a description of one of the 15 pedestrian deaths in the state so far in 2020.

The article also describes the growing political coalition supporting pedestrian safety legislation, and describes pedestrian safety as a public health issue.

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