Staten Island, NY Commentary: Just leave the phone alone when you’re behind the wheel

January of 2019 was a pretty tough month for Staten Island pedestrians.

Blame distracted driving.

There were 49 injuries to pedestrians due to vehicle collisions from Jan. 1 to Feb. 3 of this year, according to the NYPD’s TrafficStat site.

That’s more than double the 24 incidents we saw in the same time period of 2018.