The University of Nebraska Medical Center just released statistics from a recent study that shows distracted driving is a serious public health threat. While motor vehicle deaths have been declining nationally this new study shows pedestrian and cyclist deaths are on the rise. Dr. Fernando Wilson is an associate professor at UNMC’s College of Public Health and he says we constantly see drivers talking and even texting on their cell phones as well as eating while behind the wheel. He says this is something that is pervasive in our society and that is why it is very difficult to deal with.
The UNMC study shows from 2005 to 2010, the national number of pedestrians struck and killed by distracted drivers increased from 344 to 500 and for cyclists the numbers went from 56 to 73. Dr. Wilson says this problem won’t go away anytime soon so those on a bike or walking need to be cognizant about the new threat to roadway safety.