Distracted pedestrians a hazard 0
The head of Vancouver Police Department traffic section says people glued to their cell phones have been walking into things and getting hurt.
Unfortunately, police have been tasked with educating the public to the hazard as it’s not against the law to walk distracted, according to Insp. Les Yeo.
He told the Vancouver Police Board earlier this week “pedestrians are leading the way with regards to (traffic) fatalities in the city of Vancouver.”
According to traffic section stats, 18% of vehicle-pedestrian crashes were cases where the car had the right of way. Pedestrians, however, had the right of way the remainder of the time.
“It is a huge concern, but unfortunately it’s not illegal to walk and text,” Yeo said.
“We were watching people walking into lamp posts, into parked cars, into each other, and it’s just rampant out there.
“You can stop your texting. Nothing is too important to lose your life over.”
In terms of demographics, teens, young adults and seniors are at the highest risk of a pedestrian-car crash.