Macon-Bibb One Of The Worst Georgia Counties For Pedestrian Deaths

Aug 2, 2016

Macon-Bibb County officials meet later this month to discuss why the rate of pedestrian fatalities is so high in the city. It’s either the most deadly or close to the most deadly county in the state for walkers, depending on how you count it. Chris Tsavatewa of the Macon-Bibb Board of Health tells us why he's made pedestrian safety a top issue. We also hear from Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog USA, who says pedestrian fatalities are on the rise nationwide.

 

In 2015, On Second Thought guest host Adam Ragusea worked with Mercer University journalism students to show how pedestrian fatalities cut into Macon-Bibb County's psyche. These stories were produced in partnership with GPB, the Telegraph, and Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.

As part of this series, The Telegraph featured a number of stories, including how poverty and poor roads combine to make highways less safe and solutions such as devices that can alert drivers to those crossing the road.