Posts Tagged ‘traffic safet’

Experts Say Cell Phones Distract Preteen Pedestrians (Well, Duh.)

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Thank goodness they did this study in a simulated pedestrian environment…

A new study has examined how cell-phone use distracts preteens while crossing the street. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham worked with children ages 10 and 11. 

Distraction was created by cell-phone conversation with a research assistant. When distracted, the kids were less attentive to traffic, left less time between themselves and the next oncoming vehicle and were involved in more collisions and near misses.

While cell phones offer convenience and safety to families, the study authors stress that pedestrians — especially children, who are likely to be more distracted than adults — should limit cell-phone use while crossing the street.

Seems like it might be time for yet another reminder to our kids about pedestrian safety. (Just don't call them on their cell phones to remind them…)