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Uptick in US pedestrian deaths could be linked to cellphone use, researchers say

Posted by Sara Noon on

Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than those of motorists, data shows, with increase in drivers and walkers, cellphone distractions and alcohol as factors. Pedestrian deaths in the US are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 last year – the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released on Thursday. Increased driving due to an improved economy, lower gas prices and more walking for exercise and environmental factors are some of the likely reasons behind the estimated 11% rise in pedestrian fatalities in 2016. The figures were prepared for the Governors...

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