Study: Teens in most danger when walking and texting

Created: 08/05/2014 7:17 AM WHEC.com

A new, first-of-its-kind of study confirms how dangerous walking while looking at your smartphone could be.

“Safe Kids Worldwide” discovered teenagers are more at risk than any other group of being hit by cars while distracted. The study showed one in eight middle school students were distracted by texting and walking. In high school, it jumped to one in five students.

Child Advocacy Manager Sally Kreuscher said, “We talk to so many young kids about safety -- look left, right, left -- but as kids get older, we worry about other things and we don’t really talk to them about walking to and from school and those are the kids that do walk to and from school."

The study found teens were just as distracted by wearing headphones as they were by texting.

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