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Phones a factor in pedestrian deaths, report shows

A man on his phone crosses a street.

A man on his phone crosses a street. Credit: iStock

Distracted driving and distracted walking may be adding up to higher pedestrian deaths.

A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that U.S. pedestrian fatalities rose 25 percent from 2010 to 2015, and the number was expected to rise again in 2016.

The agency said increasing use of smartphones “can be a significant source of distraction for both pedestrians and motorists.”

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