There is an alarming silent killer present in communities across the United States of America (USA). Distracted pedestrians are being injured and even killed while walking and texting. Individuals who are wearing headphones are the newest victims of accidents on urban streets in the USA. The increase in pedestrians – who are using their cell phones or headphones – injuries are quickly catching up with the accident rate of drivers who are using their cell phones. These incidents have predicated lawmakers and safety advocates to push for more awareness of the hazards of texting while driving and walking. Texting while walking, even though I agree is dangerous, will be difficult to stop, because it occurs on just about every urban street in cities across the USA. But, as the death toll rises, I trust a “national campaign” will be launched to save the lives of distracted pedestrians. Too many pedestrians are walking into traffic unknowingly while on their cell phones or while wearing headphones.
It must be an embarrassing moment for an individual to end up in the hospital and have to relate to friends and family that he or she caused an accident while walking and texting. I am sure many of the individuals reading this blog post have been guilty of texting both while walking and driving. I am guilty of both. This past weekend after I avoided an accident with a driver who was texting and not paying attention to the flow of traffic, I vowed to eliminate much of my texting while driving. Those near misses I have had are becoming more prevalent. What about you? Will you join me and cut back on 50% of your driving/walking and texting?
In this highly technological world we are living in, it’s challenging to manage the amount
of information we process every minute. My hope is we will seriously acknowledge the hazards of texting while walking and driving. If you are walking, please stop and send your text. Our fellow citizens are depending upon us to curb the increase of fatal distracted pedestrian or driver accidents.