Citing data that show a large share of people killed while walking or biking were drunk, some are calling for programs to educate the public of the danger of walking and biking while under the influence of alcohol.

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April 13, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Ed Blazina reports: "Citing research that shows the number of deaths involving drunken pedestrians and bicyclists isn’t falling as fast as drunken driving deaths, the Governors Highway Safety Association is calling on states to increase safety campaigns for walkers and bikers."

The ammunition for the appeal comes in part from a report released this week from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which reviewed data on alcohol-related traffic deaths between 1982 and 2014. "The number of fatalities involving drunken passenger vehicle drivers fell from 51 percent to 32 percent, for pedestrians from 45 percent to 35 percent and for bicyclists from 28 percent to 21 percent," according to Blazina's explanation of that report's findings.

Blazina also reported in late March on a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, finding a "sharp spike in pedestrian fatalities, which are up 22 percent in the past two years." What's more, "34 percent of the pedestrians who died last year had blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher, which would have made it illegal for them to drive."

In response to those findings, the Governors Highway Safety Association put out a press release calling for anti-drunk driving campaigns to broaden their messages to include all modes of transportation. 

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