AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Parents, it’s time to talk to your teenagers because they could be putting themselves at risk much more than they realize.
The streets are quickly becoming a dangerous place when you combine distracted driving, with now distracted walking.
“I remember one time I was going to work and was texting on my phone and almost got hit by two cars and an SUV, that could’ve been my life,” said Roy Legions, in Agawam.
Whether its texting and walking, or listening to music, a new study by Safe Kids Worldwide found teenagers are most at risk of getting hit by cars while not paying attention to their surroundings.
The study found teenagers between 15 and 19 account for half of all pedestrian deaths under 19. Experts say even in a crosswalk pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings because accidents can happen. But when you’re on your phone or listening to music, your reaction time could be slower.
The study found 1 in 8 middle schoolers walk distracted and it’s worse among high schoolers where its 1 out of 5. Startling statistics for parents of teens.
“Teenagers, they think they’re, nothing can happen to them until it happens to them or someone they know then they realize it’s something serious,” said Manchester’s Mia Smith.
Safe Kids Worldwide also says teens double down on their distraction by wearing headphones as they are texting. The group followed more than 30,000 teenagers to conduct this study.