Driving down, pedestrian deaths up on Queen City streets
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CHARLOTTE — The number of pedestrians killed on Charlotte roads is rising.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation reports that there were 16 pedestrian fatalities in 2011. That is the forth year in row that number has increased. Since June, there have been 11 deaths this year.
In addition, the CDOT also reports there were 38 total fatalities reported in 2011. Even thought those numbers are increasing, CDOT spokesperson Linda Durrett said people are driving less in Charlotte.
“We have noticed at CDOT a decline in vehicle miles traveled this has included the broad city range it is coincidental with the economic downturn,” said Durrett.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation reports that since 2007 the amount of vehicle miles traveled has decreased significantly to 19.1 million miles in 2011.