A national transportation safety report shows pedestrian traffic fatalities are down nationally — including in Ohio.
The recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Ohio was one of 25 states where fewer pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2013. Pedestrian fatalities dropped nationwide for the first time since 2009.
Safety officials say it's too early to tell whether it's a trend, but they're hopeful that increased efforts to keep pedestrians out of the path of vehicles are working.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the study found pedestrian deaths in Ohio dropped from 56 in the first half of 2012 to 35 in the first six months of last year. Only three states had a bigger drop in that period.