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Drivers Not Punished for Pedestrian Deaths


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A pedestrian crosses the street outside the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
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A pedestrian crosses the street outside the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The majority of drivers responsible for the deaths of pedestrians faced no criminal charges during a five-year period from 2007-2011 in the largest Bay Area counties, according to a new review by the Center for Investigative Reporting. One-third of the pedestrians killed were legally in the crosswalk when they were hit. We discuss pedestrian safety and driver accountability.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Adithya Sambamurthy, video producer for the Center for Investigative Reporting
  • David Grant, board member of California WALKS, a statewide organization of affiliated nonprofit and volunteer groups that advocate for pedestrians, and former chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Regional Pedestrian Committee and the MTC Citizens Pedestrian Safety Committee
  • Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy organization
  • Rajiv Bhatia, environmental health director for the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health; but he joins us in his capacity as a physician and public health practitioner

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