‘Smartphone use causes road deaths’
According to a study in the United States, the use of smartphones while driving or crossing the road is a major reason for the rapid increase in pedestrian deaths.
The U.S. Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,000 people died on the road in 2016, the highest number in 20 years.
The number of fatalities in traffic accidents has quadrupled in the last six years.
According to the report, the alleged perpetrators include mobile phone use.
The report said: “A recent factor in the increase in pedestrian mortality could be the increase in smartphone use among all road users, which is a distraction for both drivers and pedestrians.” May be.’
Other factors include excessive driving, low petrol prices and excessive walking for exercise and environmental reasons.
Alcohol is also to some extent responsible for these deaths, with 34% of pedestrians and 15% of drivers causing fatal accidents while intoxicated.
This report is based on data collected from all states during the first six months of 2016.
On the other hand, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK says that they also think that mobile phones attract your attention to a dangerous extent.
Nick Lloyd, the company’s road safety manager, says more and more young people are injuring themselves by using the phone while crossing the road. This can be due to chatting, listening to music, texting or using the internet.
Many cities around the world have taken steps to use smartphones on the road.
Red and green lights have been set up at tram stations in the German city of Augsburg to warn those who “brazenly look at their smartphones.”