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DC Highway Deaths Drop Significantly in 2012

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File photo of the intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of the intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The highway death toll in the District fell to its lowest level in decades in 2012, but AAA Mid-Atlantic says pedestrians accounted for an alarming number of those fatalities.

An analysis of the city’s fatal crash database revealed that of the 19 traffic fatalities in 2012, 42.1 percent were pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the nation’s capital. Another 26.3 percent of those fatalities consisted of either motorcyclists or motorized scooter riders.

Traffic-related deaths as a whole are still down from 32 victims in 2011 and 25 in 2010.

Although there were still eight pedestrians and five motorcyclists in 2012 alone, the city has made dramatic strides in the last decade.

In 2001, 72 people lost their lives in traffic fatalities.

D.C. has seen a drop of 73.6 percent of fatalities since then.

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