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Newton Police Department

Posted on: October 15, 2020

Distraction Changes the Way We Walk, React and Behave

Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads.

Researchers at the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, a non-profit representing all 50 state highway safety offices are concerned that increasingly distracted drivers are leading to more pedestrian-involved collisions.

Sending or receiving an average text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blindfolded at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field. Those few seconds of distracted driving could result in hitting a pedestrian in front of you.

Pedestrian distraction is also a real problem; the effects can be detected in crash data, naturalistic behavioral observations, virtual environment simulator studies, and the laboratory. Distraction changes the way pedestrians walk, react, and behave, including safety-related behaviors.  Visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety to learn more tips and to get information about pedestrian safety.

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