Harleston’s Future highlight the dangers of ‘distracted walking’

The dangers of 'distracted walking' have been highlighted by the Harleston's Future group. Submitted photo. ANL-160104-145211001
The dangers of 'distracted walking' have been highlighted by the Harleston's Future group. Submitted photo. ANL-160104-145211001
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A south Norfolk community group is hoping to make their town safer by warning pedestrians of the danger of ‘distracted walking’.

Harleston’s Future says crossing the road while texting, talking on a phone or listening to music can be “very risky”, leading to accidents with people colliding with fixed objects, other people, vehicles, or potential trips and falls down holes. And they claim in the United States, some states are seeking to make it illegal to cross the road while using an electronic device.

Not only is it about looking after ourselves, but thinking for the other person and how they would feel if we walked out in front of their car and they hit us

Norman Hart, Harleston’s Future chair

“Legislation shouldn’t be necessary; common sense says we should firmly hold our safety in our own hands,” said Norman Hart, chair of the group, who also has the backing of PC Jim Squires.

“Not only is it about looking after ourselves, but thinking for the other person and how they would feel if we walked out in front of their car and they hit us.”

PC Squires added: “Driving while talking on the phone isn’t the only dangerous thing. Crossing the road when you are distracted by a call is very dangerous too.”

Harleston’s Future is a community group concerned with social, economic and environmental well-being of the town and community.

It launched its ‘Think for Each Other’ resolution in January to highlight the main issues raised by the community.

For more visit www.facebook.com/harlestonsfuture