LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)-According to a new study released by Safe Kids Worldwide and Fedex, 15-year trends in child pedestrian injuries and deaths in the U.S. have shown that teens are the most at risk.
The study finds that the most at-risk age group has shifted since 1995 from 5-9 year-olds to 16-19 year-olds.
UK Senior Amanda Cook chooses to do her pre-class texting and e-mailing from the safe confines of the campus coffe shop, but she says it doesn't take a masters degree to understand the dangerous situation right outside the doors.
"They (pedestrians) don't really pay all that much attention to traffic coming, I almost hit a guy the other day who just decided to walk out in the middle of the street."
On campus it has become a noticeable problem.
"They assume that because they are on campus and they are a student that people are naturally going to be looking out for them and that's not happening," explained Chris stopper, a UK student.
According to the Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx report on walking safety, this isn't just a UK student problem. College age students everywhere are in more danger while walking.
"We had seen a decrease in the 5-9 year old injuries and death rates which used to be the most at risk population were starting to see a new trend with an increase in injuries and fatalities in 16-19 year olds," explained Sherri Hannan, a Safe Kids Coordinator.
Hannan says the cause is obvious.
"Smart phones and cell phones and ear buds kids listening to music, not being aware of what's going around them because of these particular hand held devices."
To view the entire report, visit www.Safekids.org.
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