According to a recent study, pedestrians and cyclists are being killed more often in accidents due to distractions than ever before. This problem could be linked to the increased use of smart phones behind the wheel.
According to the study, the number of pedestrians involved in fatal accidents caused by distracted drivers has gone up to 50 percent more in 2010 than in 2005.
The study suggests that the alarming numbers prove that distracted driving is, by now, a threat to public health. In spite of the considerably lower number of auto crash deaths reported yearly, the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed in distracted driving accidents continues to increase, giving drivers more of a reason to simply avoid using their phones and focus on the road ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put up a website completely devoted to distracted driving. According to the website, at least 3,328 people were killed in accidents involving a distracted driver in the year of 2012 alone. Experts say that, although intoxicated driving accidents are still more common than distracted driving accidents, the increasing number of deaths is enough to cause concern.
At this moment, at least 41 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have enacted laws that ban the use of phones while behind the wheel.
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