Wednesday January 27, 2021

Lincoln County Sheriff: ‘Heads up, phones Down.’

Latest articles

-ADVERTISEMENT-

Most popular

This website is hosted and maintained by Wernerhost.

Our mission is to provide our clients with everything needed to be successful online.

If you need our services, click here.

Distracted Walking Lincoln City

The problem of distracted walking is a relatively new one. Each year, more and more people are injured as a result of texting, talking or listening to music while on their cell phones.

Distracted driving is a well-established problem; so much so, that many states including Oregon, currently have bans in place when it comes to using technology while driving.

While some might laugh at the person who falls into the fountain while texting or the one who walks into a wall while texting, the problem of distracted walking is a very real and serious one.

The city of Honolulu, Hawaii is the first major U.S. city to ban “distracted walking.” It recently passed a law carrying a fine for a pedestrian crossing a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device. A few other cities are watching and taking inspiration from this.

According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,977 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 85,000 injured in traffic collisions in the United States in 2017. That’s one death every 1.6 hours and an injury every 6 minutes. While it’s not clear how many of these are a direct result of distracted walking, the total rate of pedestrian fatalities compared to overall road deaths is increasing each year.

Hospitals are seeing people who were injured seriously enough to seek medical attention at the emergency room as a result of texting and walking, and at increasing numbers each year. It’s not just texting while walking that’s a problem. Talking, checking email, using social networking apps and even playing games all contribute to the problem of distracted pedestrians.

The solution to distracted walking is a fairly simple one: do not use your cell phone or engage in other distracting activities while walking. Focus solely on the task at hand – getting from point A to point B in one piece and worry about checking in once you’ve safely arrived.

That text or email can wait.

Ensure you cross the road at crosswalks or signalized intersections and obey your traffic signals as well.

Take the lead in your own safety, and remember: “Heads Up, Phones Down.”

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook.

News Release
News Release
This information was provided for dissemination to our readers and was edited to comply with Associated Press style and professional journalism standards by Homepage staff.

RELATED ARTICLES

Sheriff says stay safe surrounding smart home swatting

Nationally, smart home device manufacturers have notified law enforcement that offenders have been using stolen e-mail passwords to access smart devices with cameras and voice capabilities to carry out swatting attacks.

COMMENTS

Welcome to the comments section. Feel free to speak your mind about topics raised in this article, but please be aware insulting or hateful comments will be removed. Please don’t abuse the anonymity we provide or we will block your access to this website. Have fun and thank you for engaging in discourse on our site.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Need to edit your comment? Did you typo? Send us an email to let us know so we can correct it for you!

I NEED TYPO RELIEF

-ADVERTISEMENT-

Trending