WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- AAA Mid-Atlantic says that D.C.'s highway death toll fell to its lowest level in decades during 2012 but that pedestrians accounted for more than 40 percent of the people killed in those crashes.
An analysis of AAA's fatal crash database for D.C. found that 19 traffic fatalities were reported during 2012. Pedestrians accounted for 42.1% of the deaths and motorcyclists or motorized scooter riders accounted for 21% of the deaths. Of those people who died, eight were pedestrians and at least four were motorcyclists. People riding in vehicles accounted for 36.8% of fatalities.
In 2011, there were 32 traffic-related fatalities and in 2010 there were 25 traffic related fatalities in D.C., says AAA. Back in 2001, 72 people lost their lives in traffic fatalities in the District.
The overall number of traffic fatalities in the District fell 73.6 percent since 2001, according to the AAA-MidAtlantic analysis.