Death by smartphone - pedestrian mortality hits 30-year high


It's not just distracted driving behind smartphone usage incidents but pedestrians are getting mowed down at a record rate thanks partially at distracted walking, too. The overuse of handsets around traffic, paired with the rapid increase in SUV sales have raised pedestrian mortality to levels not seen since 1990, a new report says.

Last year, a heartbreaking number of 6,227 people died in traffic accidents while walking, a 30-year high. The worrying part of that statistic is that pedestrian deaths rose much quicker than all other traffic-related ones in the past decade and now account for the whopping 16% of vehicular crash deaths. "We’re killing way too many pedestrians. This has got to be a high priority," sounded the alarm Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association.

It wasn't like that up until about 2009 or exactly the time iOS and Android started to take over from feature phones. Add to this the financial crisis ease that allowed Americans to hop behind the wheel of a big gas-guzzler again, and the troubles began. Fatal collisions involving pedestrians were 45% higher in 2017 than they were in 2009. 

Some of the measures that are recommended in the report are improving lighting at the places with a lot of accidents and red signal activators at midblock crosswalks. Nothing beats raising your eyes from the smartphone and using them to scan your surroundings, though, both for drivers and foot soldiers.

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10 Comments

1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Smartphones don’t exist for 30 years yet.

3. MrMalignance

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

This.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They are not saying death by smartphone hits an all-time high in 30 years. They are saying pedestrian mortality hits an all-time high in 30 years, the reason is the smartphone.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes that^^^^^

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That part ^^^^^^^^^

2. strawberry

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

so scary

5. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

why u showing stories from two years back ???

6. Vega007

Posts: 69; Member since: May 18, 2017

If you are that dumb you deserve to die.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No they dont deserve to die. But i do agree that they are stupid.

7. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

I propose a new phone tax.....we're told taxes solve all the other problems - taxing carbon will save the planet - taxing rich people will give everyone "free" education and healthcare - so taxing cell phones should stop people from being stupid with them. SMH.....

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