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Another study connects pedestrian deaths to distracted driving

In what seems like a typical occurrence these days, another study has come out suggesting that distracted driving is the force behind an otherwise inexplicable increase in the number of traffic fatalities over the last several years. The reason this increase is otherwise hard to explain is that cars have never been equipped with so many, or so advanced, technology designed to keep motorists safe.

What's the most common type of fatal distracted driving?

Especially in light of our previous post on this blog about Oregonians and their ongoing love affair with using their electronic devices, even while driving, a Portlander might think that texting and driving or talking on one's cell phone is the most common cause of fatal distracted driving accidents.

Oregon's distracted driving problem reportedly getting worse

As a previous post reported, this month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and, at least according to one recent study, the commemoration of this month could not come at a better time for residents of Portland, Oregon.

Think of pedestrians during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

A major non-profit organization, the National Safety Council, has proclaimed April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The organization is encouraging a variety of individuals and businesses who use this country's transportation system to do their part to cut down on texting while driving, inappropriate and unsafe cell phone usage behind the wheel, and other distractions that can easily lead to traffic accidents.

Woman who lost daughters fights for law change in Oregon

A few years ago, an Oregon woman lost her two daughters in a tragic pedestrian accident which prosecutors attempted to try as a hit-and-run case. However, because of the way Oregon law was written, the driver who hit the girls and admittedly drove away from the scene ultimately avoided a criminal conviction.

During decline in traffic fatalities, pedestrian deaths went up

As time passes by, our technology improves. This allows for a lot of incredible development in many different areas and industries. Specific to automobiles and traffic safety, it means that a lot of cars and trucks have advanced to a point where their safety equipment prevents a lot of injuries and deaths. This is why we have seen an 18 percent decline nationally in the traffic fatality rate from 2006 to 2015.

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