Pedestrains who talk on their mobile phone are as dangerous as drivers according to a new study by Dr Jack Nasar of Ohio State University.
48% of mobile phone users were found to cross the road in front of approaching cars, requiring drivers to make emergency stops. This compared with just 25% taking the same risk when not using gadgets. Surprisingly, only16% of I-pod users risked crossing the road infront of near approching vehicles. This may be because I-pod users were aware that they lacked hearing and therefore needed to take extra care.
This study yet again demonstates the dangers associated with distraction whilst out on the roads. In the UK, we are now well aware of the dangers associated with distraction whilst driving (e.g. mobile phones), but it is good to see that the debate is broadening out to look at the responsibilities and actions of other road users.
Nb. Research based on 127 observations. Report expected to be published in Accident Analysis and Prevention in due course.