NHTSA chief says smartphones played a role in the 8.1% increase in traffic deaths in H1 of 2015

NHTSA chief says smartphones played a role in the 8.1% increase in traffic deaths in H1 of 2015
Smartphones are being blamed for the 8.1% increase in deaths that occurred in U.S. traffic accidents during the first half of this year. Overall, 16,225 people were killed by a car accident from January through June. While some might say that lower gas prices encouraged more driving, the truth is that the growth in fatalities was at twice the rate as the increase in overall driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was too early to determine what were the contributing factors for the increase in traffic accident deaths. Still, agency chief Mark Rosekind said that the increase in smartphone use is too significant for the device not to play a part in the rising death toll.

The NHTSA's Rosekind said that laws need to be passed at the state level to make it illegal to drive while using a smartphone. Currently 14 states have laws that prevent a driver from using a handset behind the wheel. Every state has this listed as a primary enforcement law, which means that a cop can pull you over in these 14 states if he sees you talking on the phone while you are navigating your vehicle. All 50 states have laws against texting while driving. In 45 states, it is a primary enforcement law.


You can check the laws that apply to each state when it comes to mobile phones and driving, by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: GHSA, NYPost

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6 Comments

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Drive as if you don't have a smartphone with you. The moment you even think about it, your concentration on the road goes off

6. engineer-1701d unregistered

I guarantee it was women old women and young women and old men that made those accidents happen

2. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

You're being too forward thinking PA. The title should say 2015, not 2016.

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I think it's about chance statistics. That means that the deaths of now predict the chance for it later. H1 2016 in this case.

4. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I think statistically there is a 0% chance you read the article because it's rather obviously about this year. Just scroll right down to the comments and try to correct someone who read the article, that makes sense.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Some men just want to watch the world burn

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