Distracted drivers: Number of pedestrians, bicyclists killed jumps, study says

A new study found that the number of people killed by distracted drivers rose significantly between 2005 and 2010.

The report led by researchers at the University of Nebraska and published in the journal of 'Public Health Reports' said the number of pedestrians killed by distracted drivers jumped 50 percent during those years.

The number of bicyclists killed rose 30 percent, according to the report.  Researchers found that about half of those deaths occurred during daytime hours.

Cellphone use and texting were to blame for many of the fatalities -- as well as using a GPS, radio and eating behind the wheel.


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