Number of pedestrian deaths in Tucson continues to rise - Tucson News Now

Number of pedestrian deaths in Tucson continues to rise

(Source: Tucson News Now) (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There have been 16 pedestrian deaths in Tucson since the beginning of 2017. Tucson Police Department numbers show there were just seven pedestrian deaths this same time last year. 

Tucson News Now spoke with pedestrians, many of them said they would like to see more crosswalks within the city. 

"You gotta get across. You want to obey the laws and get into a crosswalk but a lot of times there are no crosswalks. so you're like the roadrunner. Going across the street hoping you don't get hit. And it's kind of hot to be walking a mile to the next crosswalk," said Naz Jordan, a pedestrian.

The City of Tucson Pedestrian Advisory Committee was formed four years ago after the Federal Highway Administration identified Tucson as having an above average number of pedestrian deaths.

Since last fall, members of this committee have been drafting a pedestrian safety action plan. 

They are taking a look at everything from crosswalks to speed limits and infrastructure changes. They say the solution isn't as simple as putting in more crosswalks. 

Pedestrian friendly changes need to be catered to individual intersections and roads.

A part of this drafting process has been taking a look and prioritizing the areas that continue to be deadly. 

"[There are] hot spots, or areas that could really use improvements. Especially when it comes to engineering," said Vanessa Cascio, chair of the City of Tucson Pedestrian Advisory Committee. "We see along 22nd, along Broadway, along Campbell, along Irvington, just a high crash corridor. Grant and Alvernon in particular." 

The plan will be ready to be presented to Mayor and Council by the end of summer of early fall.

MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • JUST IN: Bomb squad gives 'all clear' to suspicious item on west side of Tucson

    JUST IN: Bomb squad gives 'all clear' to suspicious item on west side of Tucson

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-07-22 21:56:54 GMT
    Officers gave the suspicious item the "all clear" Saturday afternoon (Source: Tucson News Now).Officers gave the suspicious item the "all clear" Saturday afternoon (Source: Tucson News Now).
    Officers taped off part of the parking lot for their investigation (Source: Tucson News Now).Officers taped off part of the parking lot for their investigation (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Police in Tucson responded to the parking lot of an apartment complex on the city's west side Sunday afternoon. As of 2:30 p.m., members of the bomb squad could be seen focused on an SUV parked at Aventura Apartment Homes, which is located on Prince Road just east of Romero Road.

    Police in Tucson responded to the parking lot of an apartment complex on the city's west side Sunday afternoon. As of 2:30 p.m., members of the bomb squad could be seen focused on an SUV parked at Aventura Apartment Homes, which is located on Prince Road just east of Romero Road.

  • "Turn yourself in.": Family of hit-and-run victim wants justice

    "Turn yourself in.": Family of hit-and-run victim wants justice

    Sunday, July 22 2018 2:46 PM EDT2018-07-22 18:46:45 GMT
    A memorial for coworkers Angel Vega and Meghan CA memorial for coworkers Angel Vega and Meghan C
    A memorial for coworkers Angel Vega and Meghan CA memorial for coworkers Angel Vega and Meghan C

    The family of a hit-and-run victim is asking the driver, who police say is responsible, to turn himself in. Angel Vega, 20, and Meghan Clevenger, 24, were killed when a driver ran a red light on the east side early Sunday, July 15 at the intersection of Speedway and Wilmot.

    The family of a hit-and-run victim is asking the driver, who police say is responsible, to turn himself in. Angel Vega, 20, and Meghan Clevenger, 24, were killed when a driver ran a red light on the east side early Sunday, July 15 at the intersection of Speedway and Wilmot.

  • BREAKING

    BREAKING: Man killed & deputies identified in shooting in Casino Del Sol parking lot on Saturday night

    BREAKING: Man killed & deputies identified in shooting in Casino Del Sol parking lot on Saturday night

    Sunday, July 22 2018 2:02 PM EDT2018-07-22 18:02:48 GMT
    An armed suspect was killed Saturday night in a deputy-involved shooting in a parking lot outside of a casino in Pima County. (Source: Tucson News Now)An armed suspect was killed Saturday night in a deputy-involved shooting in a parking lot outside of a casino in Pima County. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Late Saturday, July 21, 39-year-old Vincent James Ewer II died in a deputy-involved shooting in a parking lot at Casino Del Sol. 

    Late Saturday, July 21, 39-year-old Vincent James Ewer II died in a deputy-involved shooting in a parking lot at Casino Del Sol. 

Powered by Frankly