As we have discussed over the last two weeks, distracted driving is a significant cause of car accidents and that taking your eye off of the road for what seems like only a few seconds can have catastrophic consequences. Distracted drivers though are no longer the only targets of distracted road use, lawmakers in two states want to also confront distracted pedestrians. The proposed laws would ban the use of cell phones, music players and other electronic devices by non-motor vehicle users of the road.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrians account for around 12 percent of fatal car accidents in the United States. While the majority of states have laws against texting while driving, similar laws for pedestrians are practically unheard of. Lawmakers in Arkansas and New York may be starting a trend. A proposed law in Arkansas would prevent pedestrians, runners and bicyclists from using headphones on both ears while in proximity of any roadway. The state lawmaker that proposed the bill said the point was to make sure that all users of the road are aware of their surroundings.
In the Northeast, lawmakers in New York have been trying to pass a distracted pedestrian law since 2007. The proposed law there would prevent pedestrians from using cell phones, music players or any other electronic gadget while crossing the street in a city with a population of 1 million or more. A state lawmaker that represents a district in Brooklyn said that he has seen far too many pedestrians get into car accidents because they were “wired up” and not paying attention to the scene around them. The state lawmaker argues that a distracted pedestrian law is no different than a distracted driver law. While it is not clear whether distracted pedestrian laws will take off around the country, all users of the road should strive to be aware.
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