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Report: Pedestrian deaths in Pinellas County is highest in Florida

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 18:01:57-05

Pinellas County has the highest number of pedestrian fatalities per capita in the state of Florida. 

A 'Traffic Crash Trends and Conditions' report was revealed in a transportation meeting this week by Forward Pinellas. 

The transportation planning agency addresses land use and transportation concerns in the county to help communities thrive. 

The 2016 report looks at pedestrian fatalities over the past five years. 

In 2015, there was a 3.72 pedestrian fatality per 100,000 people. 

With an estimate of 900,000 people in Pinellas County, that means there would be 31 pedestrian deaths. 

The data points out over the last five years, Pinellas County had the highest number of deaths for three different years when compared to other urbanized counties in Florida like Orange County, Broward County and Palm Beach. 

The research points out the night visibility from street lights aren't bright enough so they will want to look into LED light bulbs.

Two other dangers include teenagers behind the wheel and distracted drivers. 

The report was given during a public meeting is now posted to the agencies website.