Liberty Mutual Insurance today released the results of their Pedestrian Safety Survey, and the findings speak to both the prevalence and danger of distracted walking. Although distraction at the wheel gets heaps of attention in the news, numerous distractions exist which can compromise the safety of a pedestrian. 55% of the 1,000 persons surveyed explained that they believe texting while crossing a street is hazardous, and yet more than one in four individuals admitted to taking part in that activity. Other activities deemed unsafe included speaking on a phone, listening to music, and attempting to get across quickly to avoid imminent traffic. Drivers were also polled as to the safety of these activities at the wheel, and nine in ten explained that texting compromises the safety of persons on foot.
For more about the survey, follow this link.