Many pedestrians hit by cars are distracted by mobile devices
October 5, 2012
Pediatricians are being urged to advise parents and patients about pedestrian safety by the authors of a new study showing that child pedestrians are often hit by cars because they are distracted by mobile devices, such as MP3 players and cell phones.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research showed that approximately 17 percent of all police-reported crashes in 2010 involved a driver distraction, with 3 percent involving a device or control integral to the vehicle.
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