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The NHTSA announced the availability of $2 million in pedestrian safety grants for 22 cities in an effort to reverse the trend of rising fatal incidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the availability of $2 million in pedestrian safety grants for 22 cities that have a higher pedestrian fatality count.

According to NHTSA, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011. That number represents an 8 percent increase from 2009. NHTSA also said that 75 percent of those pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas while 70 percent of all pedestrian deaths occurred at intersections. Those deaths often were determined by other factors, as 70 percent of fatalities occurred at night and "many" involved alcohol.

Along with the grant announcement, NHTSA also launched a new website containing safety tips and other resources for state and local officials to utilize in order to combat the number of individuals involved in fatal pedestrian incidents. Resources include material for parents to explain safe walking to their children, reports on successful pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices, and literature for pedestrian safety advocates in communities.

"We continue to see high rates of pedestrian fatalities in major cities and across every demographic," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland in a statement. "To help stop the recent increase in deaths and injuries, we need everyone to play a role in pedestrian safety. Working with partners on the federal, state, local and individual level, we hope to turn this concerning trend around."

For more information about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or to view their newly launched website, please click here.

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