Distracted Pedestrians causing road crashes?

There have been a few such reports circulating around the Tweet sphere which starts to make it seem like a real problem.

Streetsblog have done a good job on some arguments against it - one 'survey' was done that used spurious data.


A governor in New Jersey is calling for texting while crossing the road to be made illegal


Distractions are important if you are in control of a vehicle.  That is when harm can be caused.

If you are distracted using your legs you are more likely to walk into a lamppost.



Andy, Please tell us how many people have walked into lamp-posts in New Zealand. Is it a growing trend - should we be concerned? Or is this a stitch up by the vehicle lobby?

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