The next time you're at a stop light look around at the drivers next to you. How many of these other drivers have ear buds in each ear, most likely listening to music and shutting off the rest of the world from theirs? How many of these drivers are shutting off the sound of an approaching emergency vehicle or something even worse?
Recent studies show that the number of injuries related to distractions like cell phones and ear buds have tripled and show signs of growing even further. The actual number of pedestrians injured nationally has topped 130,000 and it's estimated that 15% or more of those are as a result of distractions that are occurring when people ought to be paying close attention. These numbers only reveal the portion of the story that's accurately reported. For every report it is safe to assume that there are others that go unreported.
Policymakers in cities like San Francisco are aware of this problem and are working to address it. In highly urban areas they have lowered the speed limit and started awareness campaigns. The city has earmarked $50 million dollars to what they have dubbed the "Walk First Program" to bring attention to the topic of distracted walking. This is a serious issue and we have seen cases that are a result of this with tragic consequences. We read recently that a driver in Southern California hit a pedestrian and as a result of wearing ear buds in both ears (a direct violation of the California Vehicle Code) the pedestrian that was hit was drug and the driver of the car could not hear the screams.
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