Newswire: Our smartphones could be linked to an increase in pedestrian deaths

The machines have struck another blow against humanity, as CNN reports the number of pedestrian fatalities has greatly increased—and it could be thanks to our smartphones. The Governors Highway Safety Association has compiled data from 50 state highway safety offices, as well as the District of Columbia. And it estimates there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the first six months of 2016. That number is the highest it’s been in more than 20 years, and while our technology addiction hasn’t been confirmed as the culprit, it’s almost certainly a factor.

Richard Retting wrote the report, and he says that while his organization “[doesn’t know all the reasons” for the increase in pedestrian fatalities, it’s clear that “lots of things are contributing. But not one of these other factors have changed dramatically.” Retting’s referring there to the sharp rise in wireless data/smartphone …

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