Video: Zeroing in on Nighttime Traffic Deaths

Three in four pedestrian deaths in the United States happen at night.

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May 5, 2024, 11:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


"Stop - Pedestrians in crosswalk" sign in white and red lights.

Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

In a webinar from 24 Hour Nation, a group of experts including Streetsblog’s Kea Wilson weighs in on the structural causes of nighttime pedestrian deaths, which make up three-quarters of pedestrian deaths in the United States.

Wilson highlights some factors, such as dangerous road design and high speed limits, which apply at all times of day, but whose effects are magnified after dark. “Then, Paris's Pedestrian Policy Manager Chiara Molinar reveals how the city of lights is charting a far different course, and Nick Mesler, of Evari GIS Consulting, explores how next-level GIS lighting analysis can help save lives.” Mesler explains how, for example, overly bright lighting can make dark areas seem even darker and obscure vision for drivers and pedestrians.

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