Central Florida named the most dangerous place to walk in U.S.

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The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area tops the list for the most pedestrian fatalities.

BY RICKY PINELA
ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS

ORLANDO – A new study from Smart Growth America has found that between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 49,340 people who were walking on streets across the United States.

The study shows that 5,433 of those people died in Florida, but an alarming 656 of those fatalities occurred in Central Florida. That makes the Orlando, Sanford and Kissimmee metropolitan area the most dangerous place in the United States to walk, according to the report.

To dive deeper, the top six spots on the list of most dangerous metro areas for walking in the United States are in Florida. (No. 1: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, No. 2: Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, No. 3: Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, No. 4: North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, No. 5: Lakeland-Winter Haven, No. 6: Jacksonville).

The next most dangerous states for pedestrians in the United States after Florida? Alabama, Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia.

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