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Study focuses on Jonesboro and Little Rock to cut pedestrian deaths

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federally funded study focusing on two Arkansas cities will serve as an outline for statewide efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths.

Two metropolitan planning organizations in Jonesboro and Little Rock are sharing a $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to develop studies that would identify and implement low-cost safety measures at three corridors.

The study will concentrate on reducing pedestrian fatalities at those corridors, which have uncontrolled crossing locations and intersections that lack traffic signals. Ideas that work on those corridors could potentially be used throughout the state.

A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association says that more than 20 pedestrians were killed in Arkansas traffic crashes last year, a nearly 17 percent increase from the previous year.