Nottinghamshire County Council advice on staying safe on the roads

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council is urging pedestrians to put away mobile gadgets like phones and MP3 players whilst crossing roads.

The advice comes in the wake of a new study which says that the number of people suffering serious injury or death while wearing headphones for mobile devices has tripled in six years.

The study says that an increase in the use of headphones while walking in the street has led to a dramatic rise in the number of injuries, with teenagers, men and young adults the most at risk from hurting themselves whilst distracted.

“It’s a fact of modern life that more and more pedestrians are using their mobile phones or listening to MP3 players whilst out and about -- and unfortunately they can be a distraction,” said Coun Richard Jackson, county council cabinet member for transport and highways.

“I’d advise pedestrians to pocket that gadget until they’re in a place where they can use it safely.”