Everybody knows that texting while driving can have deadly results, but texting while walking? That too can have fatal consequences, according to new research, Fox News reports. For a second consecutive year, the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached nearly 6,000, having risen 27 percent between 2007 and 2016, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report released Wednesday. While the reasons for the increase in pedestrian deaths over the last two years aren’t entirely clear, experts suggest that smartphones and marijuana are partially to blame. “It’s downright disturbing; people outside cars are dying at levels we haven’t seen in 25 years,” Richard Retting, director of safety for Sam Schwartz Consulting and author of the GHSA report, told USA Today.
While all other traffic deaths have decreased over the past decade, pedestrian fatalities have increased 27% since 2007. New report on 2017 pedestrian fatalities: https://t.co/ya85DTn3ov. pic.twitter.com/24raAUdrvM — GHSA (@GHSAHQ) February 28, 2018The overall theme of the report is that both drivers and pedestrians are increasingly distracted by their phones, so much so that it’s causing more accidents and more deaths. The GHSA report estimates that 5,984 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2017, with driving under the influence of drugs also being a concerning factor.
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