Until 2015 there had been a steady decline in the number of highway fatalities. Last year the number of highway fatalities jumped by the largest percentage in over 50 years. And in the first six months of 2016, traffic deaths rose 10.4%, to 17,775, over the same period in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The cause of this drastic jump in traffic deaths is the smart-phone. Using a smart-phone to carry on a conversation, check e-mail, text, surf the web, or using any of the many apps on the phone results in distracted driving. And distracted driving is the major cause of auto collisions and highway deaths. Distracted driving has reached epidemic levels and will need to be addressed by the government. Voluntary limits on use of the smart-phone have not been effective despite the fact that its use is dangerous.
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