Report: Pedestrian deaths up; smartphones blamed

A new report found that pedestrian deaths are on the rise and offered a partial explanation why. The Governors Highway Safety Association report found a 10 percent increase in pedestrian deaths across

News 12 Staff

Mar 10, 2016, 2:55 AM

Updated 3,002 days ago

Share:

Report: Pedestrian deaths up; smartphones blamed
A new report found that pedestrian deaths are on the rise and offered a partial explanation why.
The Governors Highway Safety Association report found a 10 percent increase in pedestrian deaths across the country. 
One part of the reason, it found, is that people are distracted by their smartphones. In just a few minutes near the West Farms Square subway station, News 12 cameras found many people looking down at their phones, walking with earbuds in or both.
The report also found that pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic deaths.
News 12 reached out to the city's Department of Transportation for its take on the report, but it did not immediately respond.


More from News 12
1:37
NYPD: 18-year-old stolen moped driver in custody following fatal Kingsbridge Heights crash

NYPD: 18-year-old stolen moped driver in custody following fatal Kingsbridge Heights crash

0:38
NYPD: Suspects wanted for stealing 10-year-old Dachshund in Longwood

NYPD: Suspects wanted for stealing 10-year-old Dachshund in Longwood

1:43
Tracking nighttime showers before a warm and comfortable Thursday in the Bronx

Tracking nighttime showers before a warm and comfortable Thursday in the Bronx

0:31
MTA to hold public webinars on congestion pricing in NYC

MTA to hold public webinars on congestion pricing in NYC

1:17
NYC invests $10M to new small business loan fund, North Brooklyn cited as adding most businesses since 2019

NYC invests $10M to new small business loan fund, North Brooklyn cited as adding most businesses since 2019

1:32
Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

0:39
Police: 30-year-old woman struck by 2 vehicles, dies in Morrisania

Police: 30-year-old woman struck by 2 vehicles, dies in Morrisania

0:30
Police: 49-year-old man riding moped assaulted, robbed in Wakefield; suspects at large

Police: 49-year-old man riding moped assaulted, robbed in Wakefield; suspects at large

1:51
Organization Samaritan Daytop Village tackles overdose crisis in the Bronx

Organization Samaritan Daytop Village tackles overdose crisis in the Bronx

2:06
Surveillance footage shows group vandalizing Bronx Jewish Center

Surveillance footage shows group vandalizing Bronx Jewish Center

1:48
Bronx mother says yearslong issues of mold, water damage taking over her life

Bronx mother says yearslong issues of mold, water damage taking over her life

1:59
Peacocks spotted roaming through the Bronx after escaping the Bronx Zoo

Peacocks spotted roaming through the Bronx after escaping the Bronx Zoo

0:57
NYPD: Man wanted for violently grabbing, assaulting woman in Woodlawn

NYPD: Man wanted for violently grabbing, assaulting woman in Woodlawn

Bronx's Concourse Plaza movie theater closes its doors

Bronx's Concourse Plaza movie theater closes its doors

1:24
Will smoky skies return to NYC? Here's what you need to know.

Will smoky skies return to NYC? Here's what you need to know.

0:23
Bronx icon Fat Joe voices 2024 US Open marketing campaign

Bronx icon Fat Joe voices 2024 US Open marketing campaign

0:49
Tenants rally outside of Bronx Housing Court calling for rent rollback on rent-stabilized units

Tenants rally outside of Bronx Housing Court calling for rent rollback on rent-stabilized units

0:22
Bronx holds first-ever African Union flag raising at Bronx Borough Hall

Bronx holds first-ever African Union flag raising at Bronx Borough Hall

0:25
Police: 2 men hospitalized from double shooting in Eastchester

Police: 2 men hospitalized from double shooting in Eastchester

0:31
Officials say a group of peafowl escaped from Bronx Zoo

Officials say a group of peafowl escaped from Bronx Zoo