Distracted driving behavior including cellphone use is the primary cause in 70% of pedestrian fatalities, according to DOT data. AT&T has commissioned a contest to combat the use of cell phones while walking with apps.
The report stresses that “vehicle-pedestrian crashes are overwhelmingly attributed to driver-caused hazards,” but then cites a study that states from 2008 to 2011, “about 8% of both pedestrian and cyclists said they were injured while using an electronic device, including a cellphone or music player.”
Texting Zombies are performing dangerous tasks while walking on the busy streets of New York City. But is AT&T developing an app to combat this problem? The report cites apps like Type n Walk, which is supposed to make it easier to text and walk by providing a visual on the phone of what is happening on the street in front of you, before stating the obvious that “pedestrians must look up to see obstacles.”
The best thing is to refrain from using your cellphone while walking. We encourage you to put down the phone and pay attention to your surroundings.
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