This website has reported on the distracted driving epidemic at length, and we will continue to provide up-to-date information on developments in the fight against drive distraction. But it is becoming more and more evident that distracted driving is not the only problem when it comes to cell phone use. We have written on distracted doctoring, a growing problem in the health care industry; and now we have more information regarding distracted pedestrians (or distracted walking).
A month ago we explained that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 2010 saw a 4% increase in pedestrian deaths from the year before. Information released by the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide explains that much of that increase was inflicted upon teenagers ages sixteen to nineteen. Teenagers have especially seen a sizeable increase in pedestrian injuries from 2006 to 2010, with the number of teen pedestrian injuries jumping 25 percent.
The culprit in all of this? Distraction. The Pew Research Center found that, on average, teenagers receive and send about 110 texts every day. Those texts can occur at any time: During school, while driving, while walking, and more. Cell phone (and similar gadgets) use has gone way up in the last half a decade, and our nation’s teens are perhaps the most in-tune with modern tech advancements.
To combat this problem, there needs to be increased awareness about the dangers of paying too much attention to one’s phone and not the task-at-hand. It seems our nation’s youth spend their lives with heads lowered, eyes fixated on an electronic device. It is important that they understand the inherent danger of walking (or driving) through their days only partially focused on their surroundings.
To read more about distraction in its many forms, check out some of the other articles found on the Carpey Law website. For example:
Carpey Law strongly opposes the distraction epidemic — that is why we are proud members of Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD), and it is why we take time out to write on the documented dangers of texting while driving.