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Manhattan has most pedestrian deaths per square mile: study


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If you walk to work in Manhattan, watch your step: It has the most traffic-related pedestrian deaths per square mile of all the boroughs, a city report released yesterday said.

The study, covering 2005 through 2009, found that 1,467 people were killed in traffic-related accidents in the city. Pedestrians accounted for 770 of those deaths, with about 200 in Manhattan.

Of the 770 pedestrians killed, 150 had the right of way at an intersection.

Although Manhattan had the most deaths per square mile, Brooklyn had the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths, with 32 percent, the report said.

Still, traffic fatalities overall are at an all-time low, and are about a quarter of the national rate, the report by the Health Department and Department of Transportation said.

“Our streets are among the nation’s safest, and our research shows they’re getting safer every year,” said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.

Staten Island had the fewest fatalities with 39.

The study also found that men suffer traffic-related deaths far more than women, and that 20-somethings make up 36 percent of all traffic deaths despite being just 14 percent of the population.


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