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According to the latest installment in the US Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), walking in Orlando is like going on a roller-coaster with no safety equipment on.

The PDI is made by the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC), being an integral part to the annual Dangerous by Design report that investigates city safety and limits when taking pedestrians into account.

“We are allowing an epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, brought on by streets designed for speed and not safety, to take nearly 5,000 lives a year; a number that increased six percent between 2011 and 2012,” said Roger Millar, director of the NCSC. “Not only is that number simply too high, but these deaths are easily prevented through policy, design, and practice.”

On a US national level, in between 2003 and 2012 there were 47,025 pedestrian fatalities, and around 676,000 injuries, which tallies to a PDI of 52.2 – that means annually out of 100,000 people there is a 1.56 pedestrian fatality rate.

Taking that into account, the annual PDI for Orlando is close to five times higher, at 244.3. Following closely were Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami – all belonging to the state of Florida. Naturally, the state was first, with a rating of 168.6, followed by the states of Alabama (125.2), Louisiana, South Carolina and Georgia.