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Oct 20 2017
05:47 am

Bloomberg reports, "Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting."

Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent... Regulators, meanwhile, still have no good idea why crash-related deaths are spiking... There are however three big clues,... One) substantial increase in smartphone use by U.S. drivers as they drive, Two) the changing way in which Americans use their phones while they drive, Three) the increase in fatalities has been largely among bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

Tennessee, for example, has one of the most thorough accident report forms in the country, a document that asks police to evaluate both distractions in general and mobile phones in particular. Of the 448 accidents involving a phone in 2015 as reported by NHTSA, 84 occurred in Tennessee. That means, a state with 2 percent of the country’s population accounted for 19 percent of its phone-related driving deaths. As in polling, it really depends on how you ask the question.

Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “it’s hard to ban something that we all do, and we know that we want to do.”

Jennifer Smith, founder Stopdistractions.org, a nonprofit lobbying and support group, “We all know what’s going on, but we don’t have a breathalyzer for a phone.”

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