A recent study by Stoney Brook University in New York has revealed that distracted pedestrians often veer off course by as much as 61% while texting, live chatting, posting on Facebook, Twitter, or even playing games on their mobile phones.
But do the findings of this survey also apply to South African pedestrians?
African Melane (standing in for Pippa Hudson) spoke to Advocate Johan Joncke, Founder of Arrive Alive about this issue.
Although there is no available data relating to the number of South Africans pedestrians who are involved in accidents as a result of texting and walking, Advocate Jonck says it is a growing concern in South Africa.
Listen to the full conversation below:
In about 15000 fatalities a year, we have about 35% being pedestrians— Advocate Johan Joncke, Founder of Arrive Alive
Now with so much more social media we find a lot more pedestrians being distracted, we call it pedestrian inattentiveness— Advocate Johan Joncke, Founder of Arrive Alive
We try as Arrive alive to create awareness and tell people not to be inattentive while crossing the roads— Advocate Johan Joncke, Founder of Arrive Alive