Preventing Distracted Walking and Saving the Lives of Teens

distracted walking

Teens account for 50% of all pedestrian deaths among kids ages 19 and under. Distraction is likely the reason for these teen deaths. 1 in 5 high school students crosses the street while distracted – most while texting or wearing headphones.

On Halloween morning in 2012, 15-year-old, Christina Morris-Ward was tragically killed while crossing the street on her way to school. Christina was wearing headphones and looking down at her phone when an oncoming car hit her in the middle of the intersection.

Take action and follow these safety tips:

  • Teach Kids From The Start: talk to your kids about crossing the street safely: always be alert and look both ways before crossing. Always cross in the crosswalk when you have the right-of-way. Most injuries occur mid-block or someplace other than the intersection. Teach them to never text or talk on a cell phone while crossing the street and remove their headphones while crossing.
  • Set a Good Example: Put your devices away when crossing the streets or driving.
  • Drive with Caution: When driving, be alert for pedestrians who aren’t paying attention, especially in school zones and residential neighborhoods. Reduce speed and drive with extra care. When driving, put all distractions away, such as cell phones.

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5-19. Don’t let your child become a statistic.

If your child has been seriously injured as a result of a collision with a motor vehicle, contact us immediately.

Learn more statistics and pedestrian safety tips.

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