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Is Distracted Driving to Blame for a Spike in Pedestrian Deaths in 2016?

Gene Riddle   |  April 19, 2017   |  

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released data revealing there was a spike in pedestrian deaths in 2016. There are varying reasons for this rise in pedestrian fatalities. One likely culprit is the combination of an improved economy and lower gas prices resulting in an increased number of vehicles on the road. In addition to more vehicles filling up our roadways, another even more likely reason for the spike in fatal pedestrian accidents is distracted driving.

What Drivers Can Do to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

The most important job drivers have when it comes to avoiding pedestrian accidents is to simply stay alert behind the wheel, including:

  • Never drive drunk or under the influence of drugs.
  • Always stop for school buses. This includes both sides of the road.
  • Avoid speeding.
  • Obey the speed limit in school zones.
  • Avoid distracted driving, including texting while driving, eating and driving or talking on a handheld cell phone while behind the wheel.
  • Never drive if you are sleepy.
  • Do not allow your pets to roam around your car freely (Yes, this includes Coconut and Otis. Sorry, boys. Safety first.)

Do you believe the spike in pedestrian deaths last year was because of distracted driving? Voice your opinion on this subject in our blog’s comment section.