Pedestrian deaths are on the rise and Victoria Police think they know why
Victoria Police has blamed the rise in pedestrian deaths on people using mobile phones or wearing earphones while crossing roads.
New stats from the Transport Accident Commission show (table below) that over the past 12 months (Oct 17 – Oct 18) there has been a 31% (29 in 2017 and 38 in 2018) increase in Pedestrian deaths on our roads. That is 38 people who won’t get to go home to their loved ones. 38 too many. (Source: WA Today)
However, mobile phones are not only to be blamed with lawyer, Jane McCullough, stating that in a majority of the cases she see’s, it is distracted drivers not giving way to pedestrians causing the incidents.
These statistics are a wake up to us all, whether we are driving or walking, to be aware of our surroundings and our own safety.
Maybe it is time to introduce laws such as that in Honolulu where police have begun writing tickets for people who get distracted by their cellphones (mobile phones) while walking in a crosswalk. (Source: National Public Radio)