Transportation dept. aims to reduce pedestrian fatalities

The Department of Transportation on Monday announced a $2 million grant program for 22 cities where pedestrian fatality rates are higher than the national average.

Money will support additional education and enforcement about pedestrian laws, discourages distracted walking - as the Department of Transportation now does with driving.

"Everyone in America is a pedestrian," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. "Every pedestrian death is one too many."

More pedestrians were killed in 2011-traffic than they were in 2009, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release. Foxx said his "overriding" priority is eliminating that disparity.

I want "to make sure our transportation system is the safest in the world," Foxx said.