June 5th, 2018
We have all seen it – people walking through a mall, or down a street while looking down at their phones. Most are texting, messaging, or listening with headphones. Unfortunately, distracted walking can result in dangerous outcomes. As a matter of fact, there has been a 13% increase in pedestrian death rates, particularly in teens, age 12-19, since 2013.
At schools, the statistics can be even more alarming. According to a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and the Alarming Dangers in School Zones Report, school zones are not excluded. Unsafe pickup or drop off behavior was observed in one in three drivers across 39,000 middle and high school students. And, 80% of all students participated in unsafe street crossing behavior. Drop-offs consisted of double parking and stopping in the middle of a crosswalk. Many drivers were also on their own phones during the drop off process. Beyond distracted walking, many school zones did not have clearly marked crosswalks as well as reinforced, reduced speed limits.
Here are a few steps to take to make sure your steps are safe:
- Enforce the “Heads Up, Phones Down” policy when walking, no matter where you and your family are.
- Pay close attention to school or event drop-offs. Watch for distracted walkers. Put your own phone down as well.
- If your school employs crossing guards, please be respectful, they are there to help ensure kids’ safety. Schools should be encouraged to enforce their school pick up and drop off policies.
- Drive cautiously. Be aware of buses, drop-offs, and pick-ups, and distracted walkers
- Follow the rules. Don’t drop your kids off in the crosswalk or double park. Don’t put your kids or anyone else’s kids in danger.
- Teach your family to always look left, right, then left again, and to always continue to look as they cross the street.
- Use the sidewalks and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic, as far left and as far off roadside as possible.
- Above all, be a good role model. Exhibit responsible cell phone use around your entire family.
- Stay safe!
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