Distracted walking has suddenly become a hot topic of conversation, with some Canadian politicians lobbying for the ban of using mobile devices while crossing the street. A recent survey revealed that 66 percent of Canadians actually would like to see ‘distracted walking’ legislation put into place.
The Toronto Police are on a mission to reduce the number of fatalities through its “STEP UP and Be Safe” blitz. Police say that with Daylight Savings Times shift pedestrians are more likely to be involved in sidewalk collisions caused by using a smartphone while walking.
Until November 13th, all police officers are encouraging all pedestrians to avoid using devices that distract “when interacting with vehicular traffic.”
To date, 36 pedestrians in Toronto have lost their life to vehicle related smartphone accidents.
[source] Toronto Police [/source]