A new poll suggests that most Canadians believe it’s time to extend legislation on distracted driving to distracted walking.
According to an Insights West survey, 66 per cent of Canadians support a crack down on pedestrians who are glued to their cell phone while making their way through the streets.
Lewis Smith, a spokesperson for the Canada Safety Council doesn’t think that legislation is necessarily a good first step.
“It’s very hard to enforce, unless we can get police officers on every single street corner it’s just not realistic to expect to catch everyone who is texting and driving or texting and walking” Smith said.
He believes that an attitudinal change needs to take place first and that educational campaigns can he help, pointing to seat belts as an example.
“Legislation has been on the books since the early nineties, we didn’t really see full buy in on it until people started seeing the benefits.”
Smith adds that pedestrians and drivers often fall into a false sense of security based on the perception that they can successfully multi-task.
In July, Toronto city council asked the province to consider a new regulation regarding distracted pedestrians but it was turned down by the transportation minister.