21 Jan '11, 12am

Portable technology is to blame for a rising number of US pedestrians killed by cars, a US study suggested

Portable technology is to blame for a rising number of US pedestrians killed by cars, a US study suggested

This Tuesday, Jan 4 photo shows a pedestrian using a phone by a crosswalk in New York. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - AFTER four years of steady declines, the number of US pedestrians killed by cars rose in the first half of 2010, a study said on Thursday, suggesting portable technology could be to blame. The Governors Highway Safety Association said the 0.4 per cent increase in pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of 2010 was 'notable' because it followed four years where deaths had fallen by 200 on average each year. 'We are speculating at this point, but one of the reasons may be that pedestrians are using their phones, their iPods while they are walking and jogging,' GHSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins told AFP. The reversal in pedestrian safety could be the result of the recent profusion of iPods, MP3 players and other portable technology, said GHSA chairman Vernon Bet...

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