The latest road accident data in the United States have jumped the alarms of government authorities. After 40 consecutive years of a decline in the number of deaths in road accidents in the first world power, the trend has been broken up in the first six months of 2016. The primary cause? Irresponsible use of smartphones and mobile devices behind the wheel.
According to the New York Times, the number of road deaths related to traffic accidents in the United States has soared to 17,775. It represents an increase of 10.4% compared to 2015 and returns the figure to levels that were not known for 50 years. Experts in road safety in the United States point to mobile phones and their applications as the primary cause of distraction in driving.
The prestigious US newspaper does not indicate precise figures on how many of these deaths are directly due to mobile use. In the report, there are several examples and investigations in which the use of the mobile is the primary cause of a fatal accident, as the case of a driver of Georgia that used the Snapchat application at more than 160 km / h, according to the following Official investigations.
Use of mobile behind the wheel: a danger around the world
Many international studies point to mobile as one of the leading and most dangerous causes of distraction in traffic accidents. In fact, a WHO (World Health Organization), road safety report, published by the DGT magazine notes that about 1,250,000 people die each year as a result of road accidents and another 50,000,000 They suffer injuries for this reason (for the use of the mobile behind the wheel).
Regarding fines, the average amount of penalties for driving using the smartphone in Europe is around € 105. The Netherlands and Spain have the highest penalties (€ 200 or more) while the Czech Republic, Finland, Austria and Bosnia have the lowest penalties (€ 50 or less).