"This is clearly a good news, bad news scenario," Jonathan Adkins, executive director for the Governors Highway Safety Association, said in a statement about the latest report from the nonprofit safety body on pedestrian fatalities. The study — Spotlight on Highway Safety: Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State — finds the number of fatalities has gone virtually unchanged in 2014 compared to the year previous, but 2013 and 2014 are still up 15 percent over 2009.
"While we're encouraged that pedestrian fatalities haven't increased over the past two years, progress has been slow," Adkins continued.
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States with large metropolitan centers reported the greatest number of pedestrian fatalities, with California, Florida, Texas and New York representing 43 percent of the overall 2,125 deaths reported in the first six months of 2014.