Deaths from traffic accidents in the United States jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015 and the only reason anyone can think of is the increase in smartphone use.
Preliminary government statistics, released during a Thanksgiving holiday week known for heavy traffic congestion, showed deaths rising to 16,225 in the January-June period at a rate more than double an increase in overall driving spawned by falling petrol prices.
Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the increase in smartphones in our hands is so significant, there’s no question that has to play some role. But we don’t have enough information yet to determine how big a role.
This is a little odd. Last year smartphones were around and there was a decline in annual traffic deaths to 32,675 last year. The 2014 data included 21,022 passenger vehicle deaths, the lowest since record-keeping began in 1975.
The increase in the first half of 2015 was the biggest six-month jump in traffic deaths reported since 1977, according to statistics.
Rosekind told reporters that officials are looking at likely causes including distracted driving and the possibility lower gas prices have encouraged more driving among “risky drivers” such as teenagers.
He hit out at an absence of effective state laws that prohibit hand-held smartphones by drivers or require the use of seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.
Apparently states fear that such laws are all part of a plot by the Communist Muslim President Barack Obama as part of a cunning plan to take away the freedom to die in a grisly car crash.