We have all heard about distracted driving, but recently, distracted walking has been coming up more often. When I first heard about it, I thought it sounded a bit crazy, but while dropping my children off at school one day, I realized what a problem it (is) and can be; especially for teens. Most teens today have phones, and these phones capture their attention, even when they are walking. How many times have you seen someone (especially a teen) walking with their head down looking at their phone?
Statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide show that in the past three years, distracted walking has increased from 1 in 5 to 1 in 4 for high school students and from 1 in 8 to 1 in 6 for middle school students.
An obsrvational research study, titled "Alarming Dangers in School Zones" watched middle school and high school students as they crossed the street and noted that almost 80% did so in an unsafe manner. Wearing headphones and texting were two large culprits.
Add in drivers who are texting or using their phones, who double park or drop off unsafely and the possibility for disaster increases dramatically.
We need to make sure that we remain focused around schools. We need to be even more diligent because the teens might not be paying enough attention. School might not be in session right now, but teens are still likely to be walking distracted, so slow down and keep an extra careful eye out for them. They might not notice you.
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