According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2007- 2016 pedestrian fatalities increased 27 percent. Meanwhile, all other traffic deaths decreased by 14 percent.

This is an issue the campus police are seeing at UT.

"We are seeing a lot of students walking and texting. Often times, students are crossing the street. They aren't looking up, they are just walking into the street. " Lola Alapo, the PIO with the University of Tennessee Police Department, said.

Distracted walking is a problem experts said has contributed to the nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. last year.

The new Governor's Highway Safety Association report released Wednesday estimates that 5,984 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2017.

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