Distracted Pedestrian Deaths on Rise in Ohio
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- August 11, 2012 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm #93223
Posted: 5:12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
Even on foot, distractions dangerous, sometimes fatal
By Kyle Nagel
Increases in pedestrian fatalities both nationally and in Ohio have experts concerned that distractions from mobile devices, music or alcohol are equally as dangerous for pedestrians as for drivers. Deaths of pedestrians in traffic crashes increased 4.2 percent (to 4,280) nationally and 9.4 percent (to 93) in Ohio in 2010, according to statistics released this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The exact number of crashes or fatalities involving distracted pedestrians is unknown because their activities are not always recorded, but the increase in devices available for use while walking or jogging has experts urging basic traffic safety.August 11, 2012 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #509912
Hold up. People who don’t pay attention and wander into traffic are sometimes hit by cars?
Well. This changes everything.August 11, 2012 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #509913
Paging Dr. Darwin, Dr. DarwinAugust 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm #509914
Suicide by smartphone?
Interesting that the increase is greater in Ohio than nationally (I’m assuming the difference is statistically significant). I don’t think our drivers are more aggressive than the national average, so I’m going out on a limb and saying our pedestrians are even MORE distracted than the national average. Must be those football scandals and engrossing threads on CU that have ’em so thoroughly absorbed.
And maybe it’s just my upbringing, but I was taught that “equally as” was substandard usage … Strange to see it in a newspaper, but you see more and more mistakes like that in print (guess the editors expect spellcheck to pick up everything). Love pickin’ those nits.August 12, 2012 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #509915
The quality of editing in print media has gone down the old water closet. Sometimes I’m so shocked by what people will print these days that I forget I’m stepping into a 4-way intersection and cause a 20-car pileup.
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