Distracted Walking and Electronic Device Distraction a Concern Among Teens
Written by jordanmckamey on October 7, 2019
Electonic device distraction is on the rise among youth pedestrians and drivers need to be on the lookout.
Since 2013–the number of 12-to-19-year-old pedestrians killed has increased 13 percent. During that same time frame–high school aged students were observed wlaking distracted 35 percent more–20 percent in 2013 versus 27 percent in 2016–according to the newest available data.
A Safe Kids Worldwide 2016 study showed that wile 15-19 year olds made up only 26 percent of children 0 to 19–they made up half of pedestrian fatalites.
A contributing factor may be the rise in distracted walking. The study showed that one in four high schoolers were distracted by texting–talkinig–or listening to music with headphones on while crossing a road near their school.
Girls were more likely to be distracted by texting–58 percent–while boys were more likely to be distracted by listening to music with headphones–51 percent.
The study showed that distracted walking–along with other factors–led to students crossing the street safely only 20 percent of the time. Eighty percent of students exhibited unsafe behavior including crossing against the lights–not looking before crossing and not crossing at a designated crossing.