8/23/2012 1:16:00 AM
Traffic safety people across North America are getting more and more reports about distracted walking. You’ve heard in the past about people walking along not looking where they are going, their head down, texting, or maybe oblivious to that oncoming train because of the loud ear bud music, or talking on their cell phone, with all their attention on the call. They might step off a sidewalk into the path or a car or a bicycle. On You Tube you can see someone walking through a mall totally distracted, who takes a header into a big fountain. You might laugh at first, but it can result in serious injuries. In Edmonton, on 149th street, the traffic stopped as a young woman on her cell phone started crossing the street, deep in cellular conversation, she stopped in the middle of the road, waving her arm making some point. We waited. She didn’t move, and then the driver she was in front of leaned on his horn, and shocked her back to reality. Do we need warning signs pressed right into the pavement telling people to look up and around them? They have them in some cities. The pavement sign to the right is an ad bicyclists might see as they push a flat tire along. In Delaware, they have decals on sidewalks and roads telling engrossed pedestrians to "Look Up!" Let me know what you think.
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