Safety when Walking has become a major category of traffic issues in the U.S. According to Safety Facts, more than 16 percent of all traffic deaths involved pedestrians. Children aged 10 – 14 and adults aged 50 – 69 each accounted for20 percent or more pedestrian deaths as a percentage of all traffic fatalities in 2017. In 2017, there were an estimated 7,450 pedestrian deaths (Injury Facts). This reflects a sharp increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009.
Cell Phones and Distracted Walking
We are making some progress in reducing the number of people who are using cellphones while driving – at least outlawing phones that require the use of hands. Unfortunately, we are not doing a good job of encouraging people to put aside cellphones when walking. Cellphones are the same kind of distraction to pedestrians as they are to drivers. Distracted walking diverts our attention from our surroundings, thus, putting us at risk. [Read more…]