Smartphones, drug use blamed for rise in pedestrian deaths

March 6, 2018

Smartphone use, alcohol and marijuana were among the contributing factors for the nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. last year, a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report saidWednesday.

The number was similar to that for 2016, with both reflecting a rise in pedestrian fatalities in recent years, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“It’s downright disturbing,” Richard Retting, director of safety for Sam Schwartz Consulting and author of the GHSA report, told USA Today. “People outside cars are dying at levels we haven’t seen in 25 years.”


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