Kulmbach performs poorly

Kulmbach performs poorly

More than one in four girls (27.3 percent) and almost one in four boys (23.5 percent) stare at their smartphones while crossing the street. Among adults, 14 percent of women and 16.4 percent of men. This is the result of the nationwide ACE traffic safety campaign "finger weg – smartphone im verkehr" (hands off – smartphone in traffic), in which the kulmbach district of the ACE, germany’s second-largest car club, also participated.
Rainer doppel, press spokesman for the ACE district of kulmbach, and his colleagues from the district executive committee observed the behavior of around 162 pedestrians at the corner of pestalozzistrabe and friedhofstrabe and took a close look at the so-called smombies.


"The results of our traffic safety campaign this year are frightening", so doppels conclusion for kulmbach. The figures for men and women balance out at 26 percent each. Among young people, girls have a clear lead with 33 percent compared to young people with 24 percent. "And they also show", double the result "that the dangers caused by distraction are completely underestimated. What applies to car drivers must also become the unalterable norm for pedestrians – regardless of age. Eyes open and fingers away from the smartphone in traffic."

Risk factor number 3

Up to now, drunk driving and excessive speed have been the main risks of accidents in road traffic. But now – as the ACE has established with concrete figures within half a year – a third risk factor has been added: distraction by smartphones or tablets. Gangers are through "daddling some of them so unfocused that they miss cars and even streetcars. Or the red of the traffic light.
The ACE therefore appeals above all to adults to be role models. Children should not be accustomed to holding a cell phone in their hands from an early age. It is much more important to make children and grandchildren aware of the deadly dangers.
ACE also appeals to the police and traffic politicians: reliable figures are finally needed on how dangerous smartphones are in road traffic. Smartphone use should be included as a cause in police accident reports with immediate effect. For only in this way could conclusions be drawn on this basis. It could not be excluded that sanctions in the form of punishments could follow, if appeals were no longer sufficient.
In the US state of hawaii, this is already the case. After it was revealed that 6,000 pedestrians were hit by cars solely due to impaired perception, passers-by now have to pay $35 if they stare at their smartphones while crossing a street.