Seeing Eye People are a safe and practical solution for those people that insist on texting and walking at the same time. City Transportation departments could easily fund this venture with their excess revenue and make a significant dent in unemployment. Graduating college students could start off as interns and advance into a full time position. They could even help people understand how to use their “smart phone” more effectively.
Texting And Walking: 1 In 3 People Distracted By Mobile Devices While Crossing The Street
We all know about the dangers of distracted driving … but maybe we should be concerned about distracted walking, too.
The most dangerous distracted walking activity? Texting — people who texted took nearly two seconds longer than non-texters to cross around three or four lanes of traffic. And they also ignored traffic lights, didn’t look both ways and crossed in an area that is not the crosswalk nearly four times more than non-texters.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, included 1,102 pedestrians who were monitored for their “distracted” activities: listening to music, texting, talking on the phone, talking to a companion, or dealing with a child or pet.
The researchers found that nearly half of the time, these distracted activities were taking place during rush hour (between the hours of 8 and 9 a.m.). The age group most likely to be guilty of this: 25-to-44-year-olds.
The researchers also found that just slightly fewer than a third of the people in the study were distracted in some way when they crossed the road: 11 percent listened to music, 6 percent talked on the phone, and 7 percent text messaged.
Fortunately, most people at least followed the basic rules of the road — 80 percent of people obeyed the traffic lights, and 94 percent crossed at the crosswalk. But only about 25 percent looked both ways before crossing the stress.
“We are where we were with cellphone use in cars 10 years or so ago. We knew it was a problem, but we didn’t have the data,” Jonathan Akins, the deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told the Associated Press.