Dear Florida chickens: Do not cross the road

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Be careful if you are a pedestrian in Bay County or Miami-Dade County, Florida. These two regions are both in the nation’s top ten most dangerous places to cross a street, according to data published in Governing magazine.

A coastline Census tract (#2701) in Panama City registers the third most per capita pedestrian deaths over a five-year period. Most of these deaths occurred along a divided highway and the others, near the beach. This region has had 20.9 deaths per 10,000 people between 2008 and 2012. A tract of Miami-Dade (#5102) rings in at No. 10, with 14.1 deaths per 10,000 people over this same five year period.

But that’s not all. Recent Governing reports also found that of metro areas with at least a million residents, four of the top five with the highest total per capita death rates were in Florida. Tampa-St.Pete-Clearwater rings in the highest rate in the nation, where 403 pedestrians died over this five year period.

Visit here for a complete report and interactive maps.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.