Stay alert. Stay alive.
Distractions are more accessible than ever — from messages to music to games, you’ve got a whole world in your phone, buzzing to get your attention. But it’s what’s outside your screen that really can’t wait, which is why the National Safety Council has officially added distracted walking to its annual report of unintentional deaths and injuries. So next time you’re out, check for buses and trains before you check your device.
53% of adult cell phone users have run into something or someone while distracted by their devices.
Nearly half of the pedestrians crossing at busy intersections do so while engaged in distracting activities.
40% of teens have been injured or nearly injured by a car, motorcycle, or bike, and the risk doubles when they are distracted by cellular devices.
1 in 5 high schoolers cross the street while distracted.