Center for Health Policy

UNMC Study finds that distracted driving is killing more pedestrians and bicyclists

From texting and talking on cell phones to eating while driving, researchers say distracted driving is a serious public health threat. Though motor vehicle deaths have been declining nationally, a recent study by researchers at UNMC found that deaths in pedestrians and cyclists are increasing.¬†From 2005 to 2010, the national number of pedestrians struck and killed by distracted drivers went up from 344 to 500 — an almost 50 percent increase. For cyclists, the numbers killed went from 56 to 73 — a 30 percent increase.

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