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.

http://www.streetsblog.org/2016/03/31/inside-the-latest-distracted-pedestrians-con/#.Vv88AfVoMHk.twitter

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/03/28/tickets-for-texting-while-walking-a-new-jersey-lawmaker-wants-to-make-it-so/

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.

 

Comments

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?