As children get ready to walk our neighborhoods for trick-or-treat, we are reminded of how important safe and well-designed streets and crosswalks are to our community.
One-fifth of children under 14 killed in traffic crashes in 2013 were pedestrians.
Older adults are also extremely vulnerable, making up 20 percent of pedestrian fatalities of all ages.
Nearly half of those AARP surveyed age 50 and older said they could not safely cross the main streets in their neighborhoods.
We applaud members of Congress for seeking to remedy this unacceptable situation which allows a pedestrian to be killed every two hours in this country.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo was a critical sponsor of an amendment to make pedestrian safety improvements to the transportation bill recently voted out of the House Transportation Committee.
The amendment helps ensure that transportation investments provide safe travel for pedestrians and everyone who uses the road, regardless of age or ability.
Ken Thomas, president, AARP-FL, Doral