A woman was struck and killed Thursday night by a Miami-Dade Transit bus as she walked near Aventura Mall.
The pedestrian, Barbara Rubenstein, was on her way to the nearby Publix when the accident occurred. Her death is currently being investigated by police.
Rubenstein's death is an example of the increasing occurrence of pedestrian fatalities in the United States.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 4,300 people were hit by cars in 2010. That is a 4 percent increase from 2009. About 70,000 pedestrians were injured in 2010. The NHTSA also revealed that Florida is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. In Florida, 487 pedestrians were killed, coming in second place behind California. Pedestrian fatalities make up 13 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities occur at night.
Earlier this year, cops cracked down on drivers in Brickell who failed to yield to pedestrians. In just over an hour, cops had given out 47 tickets to motorists. Many drivers claimed to be unaware of the fact that pedestrians have the right of way.
Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians. Florida law states that, except when facing a red traffic light, pedestrians crossing an intersection have the right of way, even in the absence of a crosswalk.
However, pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings as well. Pedestrians should avoid being distracted by electronic devices, should use crosswalks when available, and never assume that a driver has seen them.
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Source: The Miami Herald, "Pedestrian killed by bus in Aventura," Nov. 29, 2012.
CNN, "Pedestrian fatalities up 4 percent in 2010; non-intersection crossings most deadly," Aug. 7, 2012.