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Cell phones put teens at risk while walking

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KHQ.COM - We've all heard the saying look both ways before you cross the street multiple times in our lifetime, but according to a survey done by Safe Kids Worldwide, parents need to remind their children not only while they're young but when they hit their teenage years as well. More than one thousand teenagers were surveyed and half of them said they were either hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while walking.

A big reason why this is happening is due to kids paying more attention to their phones and music devices rather than paying attention to where they are walking. Twelve percent of teens admitted to texting while walking the street and 38 percent of teens admitted to listening to music. Kate Carr with Safe Kids Worldwide says that people "often worry about teens who are in cars but really need to think about teens who are walking" as well.

Safety experts are reminding parents and children to be on the lookout for each other. Tell your teens to make eye contact with drivers before stepping out into the roadway and cross only at marked intersections and crosswalks. Being more alert and taking a few extra precautions can save lives.

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