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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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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.