DETROIT (WWJ) – Too many kids are being injured — and in some cases killed — because they’re distracted by their phones, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
New research found that 40 percent of teenagers say they have been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike or motorcycle while walking. Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide said it’s simple: tell your kids to put down the phone while walking, use the cross walks and don’t walk while it is dark.READ MORE: U Of M Establishes New Sexual Misconduct Policy For Employees, Students
“That can be texting or talking on the phone, or listening to music,” Carr said. “They’re not looking or they’re not listening for traffic signals and that’s a bad scenario.”READ MORE: AG Nessel Reissues Consumer Alerts Amid Flooding, Power Outages In Michigan
Carr said that too many kids are also not using cross-walks and walking when it is too dark outside.
“Half of the teens that we surveyed said that they were crossing the street while distracted by a mobile device,” Carr said. “Put your device down while you’re crossing the street, don’t be texting while crossing and take you headphones out.”MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Charged In Non-Fatal Shooting In Detroit
An earlier study by the group found that 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 8 middle schoolers cross the street while distracted by technology. Carr says it is simple: tell your kids to put down the phone while walking, use the cross walks, and don’t walk while it is dark.