Identifying Countermeasure Strategies Targeting Older Pedestrians

In 2007, 4,654 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. In particular, older pedestrians are at a greater risk of being fatally injured during a pedestrian-motor vehicle crash. While the older population, 70 years and older, made up nine percent of the total U.S. population in 2007, pedestrians in this age group accounted for 16 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. By 2030, it is expected that the number of seniors will nearly double. This suggests that even if the current fatality rate remains constant, older persons will make up an even larger portion of all pedestrians fatalities. Over the years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted pedestrian safety programs that have targeted the older pedestrian population. A study conducted in the early 1990s identified high risk pedestrian crash zones in the City of Phoenix and implemented engineering and education countermeasures. The program evaluation showed that there was an overall reduction in the number of older pedestrian crashes. In the early 2000s, a comprehensive pedestrian safety program encompassing engineering, enforcement, and education countermeasures was implemented in Miami-Dade County, FL. However, this program did not result in a reduction in older pedestrian crashes. The goal of this project is to examine the two studies and identify age and culturally appropriate methods of targeting countermeasures to older pedestrian populations, both main stream aging population and older minority populations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See DOT HS 811 798 "Identifying Countermeasure Strategies to Increase Safety of Older Pedestrians."


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $247725.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Block, Alan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Westat, Incorporated

    1650 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850
  • Start Date: 20090918
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130700
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Pedestrian Safety

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01465102
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:55PM