Distraction, On Street And Sidewalk, Helps Cause Record Pedestrian Deaths

Distraction, On Street And Sidewalk, Helps Cause Record Pedestrian Deaths

It's the oldest and most basic form of transportation — walking — and more people are doing more of it to get fit or stay healthy. But there's new evidence today that even walking across the street is getting more dangerous. A report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic jumped 11 percent last year, to nearly 6,000. That's the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities ever, and the highest number in more than two decades.

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