Higher Percentage Of Teens Injured By ‘Distracted Walking’

DETROIT (WWJ) – We know that texting and driving can be dangerous, and can even get you a ticket in Michigan. But how about texting and walking?

Just in time for back to school season, the non–profit group Safe Kids Worldwide is reminding teens not to text or wear headphones while they’re crossing the street.

The group’s CEO Kate Carr says they’re seeing more pedestrian injuries and fatalities involving young people.

Carr says pedestrian injury rates have increased by 25 percent over the past five years among teens ages 16 to 19.

Carr says one in five high schoolers were distracted by an electronic device when crossing, along with about one in eight middle school students.

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