Walking Under the Influence

Cumberland Avenue crosswalk

Walking Under the Influence

A UT study examines the role of alcohol in pedestrian accidents.

by jesse fox mayshark • november 30, 2018

the redesigned cumberland avenue has safety features to protect pedestrians.

When it comes to automobile fatalities, there are decades of data on the perils and consequences of driving while intoxicated. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 29 Americans die in drunk-driving crashes every day.
A profile of intoxicated pedestrian fatalities: middle-aged, male, on dark roads.
But what about pedestrians involved in accidents? With increased emphasis across the country on walkability and pedestrian safety, University of Tennessee engineering professor Chris Cherry wondered what role alcohol plays in deaths and injuries for those on foot.
Working with doctoral student Am...

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