According to survey results provided by an Oklahoma bicycle safety advocacy group the majority of the survey respondents support the Oklahoma legislation’s allocation of federal transportation funds for cycling and pedestrian safety. The survey results were produced in response to a senator’s concerns that the funding might be better spent on other projects. According to the results of a national telephone survey, 83 percent of survey respondents support federal funding for bicyclist and pedestrian safety projects and more than 90 percent of survey respondents younger than the age of 30 years old support these kinds of safety projects. The disparity between the population densities of Oklahoma and the District of Columbia was highlighted during the debate on the federal government’s highway safety spending priorities. Washington, D.C. has more than 600,000 people in a 68 square mile area, while Oklahoma has a population of approximately 3.8 million people residing within nearly 70,000 square miles. In the Washington, D.C., area one in five fatal collisions that occurred in 2009 involved a pedestrian. In the United States, the rate of pedestrian deaths has increased slightly or stayed at the same rate for the past several years while traffic fatalities as a whole have decreased.
As a San Francisco auto accident lawyer, I hope that safety initiatives such as this one are successful in decreasing the death rate on American roadways. If you or someone you love has been injured in a traffic collision, please consider contacting a personal injury attorney in San Francisco.