Mobile phone use (texting, emailing, and talking) while walking is increasingly apparent in our society. Per a recent survey (Liberty Mutual Insurance, 2013), as many as 60% of pedestrians use mobile phones while crossing the street. These increasingly common behaviors are being linked to increased risk for pedestrian incidents and injuries. In the U.S., accidents involving phone distracted pedestrians are estimated to have increased three-fold from 2004-10 (Nasar & Troyer, 2013).
Stanford University is not immune to such risk; over the past few years, serious pedestrian incidents have occurred at Campus intersections, stairways, and walkways. With the high prevalence of mobile phone use at Stanford and increasing Campus traffic and construction activities, pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to take simple safety measures, including but not limited to the following:
Additional safety awareness materials are available below. If there are any questions, please contact EH&S (723-0448 or http://ehs.stanford.edu).
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (2013). Distracted walking: Danger on the crosswalk. Retrieved 10/31/13 from http://www.libertymutual.com/safe-and-smart-living/auto-articles/pedestrian-safety.
Nasar, J. & Troyer, D. (2013). Pedestrian injuries due to mobile phone use in public places. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 57, 91-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2013.03.021
For any questions, contact EH&S- Industrial Hygiene / Safety Program at 723-0448.