Survey: Chicagoans guilty of dangerous pedestrian behaviors

June 11, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

Drivers are not taking all the blame for the increase in pedestrian deaths for the first time in five years.

According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Survey, which included responses from 1,004 adults--ages 18 to 65--with an oversample of 105 Chicago consumers, 60 percent of Chicagoans are guilty of dangerous pedestrian behaviors.

Furthermore, 27 percent of the Chicago respondents admitted to texting or emailing while crossing the street, although 59 percent acknowledged that it is dangerous behavior.

“So much attention has been paid, and rightly so, too distracted driving that we have ignored the fact that distracted walking and crossing can be just as risky,” David Melton, a driving safety expert with Liberty Mutual Insurance and managing director of global safety, said in a press release. “From an early age, we all learn how to safely cross the street--look both ways, wait for the walk sign--but as adults many of us seem to forget those simple rules.”

Based on other information collected from the survey, local pedestrians ought to be extra cautious when it comes to their street-crossing safety because many Chicago drivers do not consider risky driving behaviors to be as dangerous to pedestrians as drivers nationally.

The survey discovered that 65 percent of respondents nationally thought drivers rolling through stop signs are dangerous to pedestrians, while 52 percent of local respondents thought that same . Also, 67 percent of Chicago drivers, compared to 74 percent of drivers nationally, agreed that it is dangerous when cars continue to turn while a pedestrian is in the crosswalk.

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