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Today's a dangerous day to be walking around outside.

More pedestrians have been killed on December 23 in traffic accidents than on any other day on the calendar, according to a recent analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Records show that 753 pedestrians were killed on Dec. 23 over a 25-year period, according to the study. That puts it ahead of Jan. 1 (751 deaths) and October 31 (715 deaths) for the deadliest annual day.

Winter months are typically more perilous: Daylight is in shorter supply during typical commuting hours and snow and ice present hazards for drivers and pedestrians alike. The ten deadliest days in the study all fall between October and January.

This year, there may be more reason than ever for pedestrians to take caution. Overall traffic fatalities rose for the first time in seven years in 2012, but it's people outside vehicles, like pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, who bore the brunt of that increase.

Pedestrian deaths rose 6.4 percent to 4,743 in 2012. It was the third consecutive year the death toll increased. More than 76,000 were injured.

Pete Bigelow is an associate editor at AOL Autos. He can be reached via email at peter.bigelow@teamaol.com and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



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      abourge458
      • 1 Year Ago
      The majority of pedestrians hit that I've read about locally have been hit by drivers turning Right ( sometimes on "Right turn on red after stop" ). About half were struck by tall trucks or school busses with limited view swinging around the the turn. By the way... I sat at a coffee shop watching the traffic and I saw only ONE driver make an actual FULL stop before proceeding right. As far as "Yielding to oncoming traffic", that rarely happens either. Pedestrians are focused on the speedy left and right traffic in the street they are crossing and not as much as what's coming up from behind them. True, they should be aware but.... many are very young AND...... The driver taking the right on red is suppossed to STOP FIRST anyway, and that "YIELD" means pedestriansTOO. Crosswalks at 4-way intersections are not seen, or mean anything to drivers anyway. On busy corners.... I'll walk a ways away from the corner to where I only have to worry about TWO directions of vehicles instead of four or even five directions if there is a corner business there!
      DAVID LEAVELL
      • 1 Year Ago
      The danger is even worse around a Wal Mart and that holds true any day of the year.
      lxixwithu
      • 1 Year Ago
      We should ban 23 December!
        rohrscheibcroh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lxixwithu
        its not dec 23 its every day people are rude don't even care if you are in a crosswalk
      eeverettm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drivers and pedestrians alike with earphones so loud in their ears is an accident waiting to happen! They need to be alert to what's going on around them. You are talking to them and they don't hear you. How stupid. Most of them will be deaf or dead by the time they reach 30.
      John Rubano
      • 1 Year Ago
      They still didn't say why on this date (dec 23) more people die. I can understand why on oct.31 and jan 1st.
      drpmindmender
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm legally blind and have one leg. This morning, I was crossing the 5-lane street in front of my grocery store to get to the bus stop so I could return home with my groceries. I was croSsing in the crosswalk, and with the traffic light. As I got half-way across, an SUV driven by some wpman, who had been waiting on me so She could make a right-hand turn (No turn signal used), yelled at me - "NEXT TIME, i'LL RUN YOU OVER!"
        drpmindmender
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drpmindmender
        PS Both my white-and-red tappoing cane, and my prosthetic leg were clearly visible.
          HollywoodF1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @drpmindmender
          Many people suck. Please don't let their below-par status get to you. They are burdened with having to exist as that person, while you only have to suffer them for a moment.
      abourge458
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a young neighbor tell me this.......... "In the city where the signs say 30 MPH limit, your ALLOWED up to five miles over the posted, but... they're not supposed to ticket you unless your more than five miles over the allowed part so.... the legal limit is 40 MPH." ( 30+5+5 more) Truth? In THIS highly populated residential area, doing only 40 will get you rear-ended.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @abourge458
        it's not that you are allowed to go 5 MPH over the speed limit, it's the fact that even a properly tuned radar gun has an error factor of plus or minus 5 MPH. so if you got a ticket for going 34 in a 30 zone, you could fight this and win based on the margin or error.
          • 1 Year Ago
          what your neighbor told you is absolute bunk. 30 means 30.
      wlucas8743
      • 1 Year Ago
      A little common courtesy and common sense would go a long way, if used by both.
      turnkey181
      • 1 Year Ago
      a lot can be blamed on the pedestrians. Between a vehicle and a person, i have yet to see a person win in a meeting between the two. People have to think,do they see me,will they stop,do i care? it goes both ways.
      sprucewolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's obvious Christmas Eve is the deadliest for pedestrians; everyone is excited, most anyway, looking forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities and making last-minute prepartions and easily distracted. Slow down and focus while driving; if you don't it could change your life for the REST of your life. Nothing is more important than a life.
      Hernan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did you link to the wrong document?
      bdgrizcp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Counldn't agree more. I was out today and the drivers were just awful. You could see the fear and desperation as they aimed their vehicles at the next big box store, oblivious to everything except their mobile. It used to be be all you had to worry about were amateur drunks wandering home from the office party. These people today are hepped up on Starbux and are running out of time.
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