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Flagler/Volusia Metro Area the Most Dangerous in Nation for Pedestrian Traffic

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The Flagler/Volusia metro area has surpassed Orlando as the most dangerous area in the nation for pedestrian traffic according to a report from Smart Growth America. Specifically named was the Deltona-Daytona-Beach-Ormond Beach area (encompassing both counties), which outpaced Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford by a decent margin.

Orlando has dropped to the eighth most dangerous area in the nation, and the fourth worst in Florida. The Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater metro area has also usurped Orlando, placing fourth on the national list.

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According to SGA Transportation Director Beth Osborne, the situation is getting “shockingly worse” everywhere in the country. “It’s a shocking level of terrible performance across the country.”

One contributing factor to these increased numbers of pedestrian deaths is said to be the increasing size of vehicles. SUVs and trucks are twice to three times as likely to kill a pedestrian in a collision than a standard four-door sedan.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a factor in the rankings, but not how one might think. Though the roads got more sparse with fewer people commuting to work, drivers tended to travel at higher speeds, which made collisions more deadly.

Florida overall ranked second in the nation in pedestrian accident danger, behind New Mexico. The top ten metro areas in the nation went as follows:

  1. Deltona Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach (FL)
  2. Albuquerque (NM)
  3. Memphis (TN)
  4. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (FL)
  5. Charleston-North Charleston (SC)
  6. Jacksonville (FL)
  7. Bakersfield (CA)
  8. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (FL)
  9. Stockton (CA)
  10. Fresno (CA)

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. TR

    July 13, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    I’m Confused. nothing in the article says anything about any city in Flagler county (Bunnell, Palm Coast, and Flagler Beach or anywhere else in Flagler County.
    However they should have made the list somewhere being that there are plenty of people driving like they are on the Daytona Speedway. I’m not just talking about major roadways either. I have some regular people that do at least 60 mph down my residential street in the R section. Have notified the FCSO months ago about this and even gave a description of all the vehicles that are being driven to go faster than the speed limit and so far nothing changed.

    • Chris Gollon

      July 13, 2022 at 9:44 pm

      Flagler County is covered within the Deltona-Daytona-Ormond metro area. Though it’s likely not the driving force behind the area placing #1, it is part of it.

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