TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It can be worth your life to walk in Tucson and Pima County.
Pedestrian deaths are up.
The City of Tucson has had 24 so far this year.
Now, one of the busiest, fastest stretches of road in Pima County is getting a boost for pedestrian safety.
You can tell the stretch of Oracle between River and Orange Grove is a dangerous place to be a pedestrian. There's a lot of high-speed traffic--a lot of it coming around a curve where they don't get a look at someone crossing the road until the very last minute. There have been deaths there as well. Now there's a project underway that should help make the spot safer.
In July two vehicles hit a man walking along Oracle about a quarter mile north of River. The man died. DPS is still looking for one of the drivers.
The area is a dangerous place for pedestrians with over 14 pedestrian accidents in the last ten years. Three were fatal.