Study: Texting teens tend to get hit by cars

Distracted walking. (Photo/Dayton Children's Hospital)
Distracted walking. (Photo/Dayton Children's Hospital)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Texting while walking can be hazardous to your teenager.

A new study says 40 percent of all teens have been hit or nearly hit by a car while walking.

Distractions plays a big role. Half of the more than 1,000 teens surveyed say they cross the street while looking at their mobile device.

The report Teens on the Move found that most teen pedestrian deaths occur at night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. It says the highest rate of pedestrian deaths is among teens 19 years old and younger.

“We all know that it’s dangerous to text and walk or drive,” said Jessica Saunders, Safe Kids Greater Dayton coordinator and community relations manager at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “But it’s still a common practice. We need to talk to our teens about the dangers of crossing the street while distracted.”

Safe Kids Greater Dayton and FedEx, who sponsored the report, recommend the following tips for teens:

  • Put down phones and headphones when crossing the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Be especially alert when it’s dark out, and make sure you’re visible to drivers.
  • Cross at a traffic signal or crosswalk when possible.

Visit SafeKids on line for more.

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