Distracted walking creates hazards for drivers and pedestrians
A study by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed that pedestrian deaths in 2018 reached their highest annual total since 1990. In fact, pedestrian deaths now account for 16% of all traffic fatalities.
One big factor behind these trends: digitally distracted walkers. Pedestrians who are talking or texting on the phone, or listening to music with headphones on may walk unknowingly walk into the road. In fact, researchers at Stony Brook University have found that pedestrians using their cell phones while walking are 61% more likely to veer off their path. And, a Safe Kids study discovered that one in five high schoolers cross streets while digitally distracted.
Street safety – a shared responsibility
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LC July 2018-328