Are cell phones responsible for the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities?
A recent study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that mobile phones were involved in more than half of all crashes. In nearly one-fourth of crashes, the driver was using a phone during the crash or within the minute prior to it.
Meanwhile, pedestrian deaths are climbing at a record rate. There’s no evidence, however, that increased use of cell phones by people who are walking had anything to do with this..
Maps of pedestrian fatalities show that pedestrians are struck and killed by cars at the same intersections and along the same corridors over and over,” Smart Growth America reported. “Are people using cell phones more in these locations? I doubt it. Street design plays a clear role.”
Blame the roads, not the victims.