As pedestrian fatalities rise in Connecticut and nationwide, some blame speeding while others to distracted walking

In Connecticut, pedestrian fatalities rose about 20% between 2017 and 2018, according to available data. The numbers in Hartford soared from one fatality in 2017 to 14 in 2018. There is no easy explanation for the upward trend of pedestrian deaths, but many say that speeding and distracted behavior by drivers and pedestrians is to blame.

In 2018, there were 36,560 motor vehicle traffic fatalities nationwide, 913 fewer fatalities than the year before. Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities constituted 29% of overall fatalities — the lowest percentage since the NHTSA began recording the data in 1982.