Fresno may be one of the most dangerous cities in California for pedestrians.
Local officials are very concerned over the
12 pedestrian-auto fatalities so far this year. Authorities blame alcohol for a majority of the deaths.
Another problem may be a lack of accountability: a number of these deaths
were hit-and-run incidents, while at-fault pedestrians may have no drivers'
license to suspend and no money to pay fines.
The city hopes that a combination of additional educational resources and
brighter streetlights may help make Fresno a safer place to walk.
A vast majority of traffic accidents are preventable. Interestingly, excessive
speed alone is not among the top four. Even when speeding is listed as
"a factor" in a crash, it may be coincidental. Just because
one or more drivers were speeding does not mean that speed caused the
collision. The top four
factors that contribute to auto accidents, in no particular order, are: