The Washington State Department of Health says pedestrian injuries are on the rise among teenagers.
KENNEWICK, WA - The Washington State Department of Health says pedestrian injuries are on the rise among teenagers.
A new study by the Safe Kids Coalition shows pedestrian injuries among 16 to 19-year-olds have increased 25 percent in the past 5 years.
The study also found that of those teens who were distracted, about 40 percent were texting, another 40 percent were wearing headphones and 20 percent were talking on their phones.
"We're so good at multi-tasking, we forget there's times when we should be single-tasking, and walking is one of those times," said Kathleen Clary-Cooke, a health educator with the Benton Franklin Health District.
"And, sometimes we think about pedestrian safety and we think of big cities, and we have to stop and remember here in the Tri-Cities it's walking to school, walking to the bus stop, crossing the street to go to a friends house, etcetera" she continued.
Between 2006 and 2010, forty-three teens in Washington died while walking along the road.