We all know that cellphones and driving don’t mix, but a new study also shows us that walking and texting is just as dangerous.
The Governors Highway Safety Association says mobile devices are killing more pedestrians.
In 2015, there was a 10% spike in pedestrian fatalities in the first six months – the largest increase in four decades.
Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15% of the total traffic fatalities in 2015.
Several recent studies have shown that people who use their phones when walking or driving have slower reaction times and pay less attention to their surroundings.
So what role can we play in making our roadways safer for pedestrians?
Stay alert! You’ve got to stay mindful of your surroundings.
Always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.
Never EVER pass a vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
And, Slowdown! Be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.
Now for pedestrians – please use these safety tips:
Always use the crosswalk – it is there for your safety.
Be visible. Don’t dart out from behind parked cars or trucks. If you can’t see the driver, chances are they can’t see you.
And, don’t be distracted by electronic devices such as your cell phone. Pay attention when you are walking. Now, if you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of accident, I encourage you do not delay in seeking a review of your legal rights.
Texting and Driving: Have you been injured by a driver that was texting?