Northwest pedestrians claim they aren’t distracted on phones
SEATTLE, Wash. — A recent poll suggests that most pedestrians are convinced they are not distracted by their devices and believe they are fully aware of what is going on around them.
According to the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 42 percent of those surveyed say they talk, text or read messages on their phone while walking down the sidewalk or crossing the street.
Almost two-thirds of the residents insist they are rarely or never distracted while on foot, but the vast majority are not buying it.
The poll found that 89 percent of respondents say they witness pedestrians who are not paying attention while crossing streets.
Regardless of pedestrians intentions, respondents find distracted walkers frustrating and dangerous.
In 2017, Washington had 109 fatalities from walking traffic accidents.
The poll was created to increase awareness of distracted driving and walking, especially in busy cities.
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