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GMC pickup trucks on a lot at a General Motors dealership in Austin, Texas. The average U.S. passenger vehicle has gotten about 8 inches taller in the last 30 years, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Ravnsborg pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges, avoiding jail time despite complaints from the victim's family that he was being too lightly punished for actions they called "inexcusable." Dirk Lammers/AP hide caption

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The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in 2018 — a 4 percent hike from 2017 and 35 percent since 2008. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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