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Transportation Department aims to reduce pedestrian deaths and other news for 2/3/23

February 2, 2023


Pedestrian deaths in the U.S. have reached their highest level in 40 years. Using funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is spearheading the allocation of $5 billion to state and local governments through a federal grant known as Safe Streets and Roads for All to try and prevent roadway deaths.

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Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed in this story, and what is his background?
  • When did pedestrian deaths start to rise?
  • How do pedestrian deaths in the U.S. compare to other countries?
  • What action is the Transportation department taking to try to reduce pedestrian deaths?
  • Why is there money available now for infrastructure changes to try to address pedestrian deaths?

Focus Questions

Why do you think pedestrian deaths have risen so dramatically in the past couple of years? What do you think is the best way to address the issue?

Media literacy: Is it clear from this story what changes are actually being proposed to reduce pedestrian deaths? If not, how could you find out?

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What students can do: What are some dangerous intersections or roadways in your own community? Discuss some ways to make them safer for pedestrians.

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