Yes, walk. We’ve heard for many years now that texting and driving can be deadly. Now take a moment to notice how many people are using their phones while walking and not paying any attention to their surroundings.
Most states have now outlawed texting and driving in some form or another. More and more states are going a step further by making simply talking on your cell phone illegal when driving, except for hands-free use. Illinois has the law. California enacted a similar law that took effect January 1st of this year (2017). Just a few weeks ago, Iowa followed suit. Currently, the Minnesota legislature is considering such a bill. If passed, Minnesota would join 15 other states and Washington, D.C. that currently have a “hands free” law, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Driving is one thing, but many people feel it’s OK to use their cell phones while walking. The statistics say otherwise. A report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) should be a wakeup call that we need to also address distracted walking.