Are Headphones A Hazard?

headphone-hazard-joggingStudies are showing that accidental deaths of individuals plugged into their music devices have tripled since 2004.

The chance is greater in areas with high traffic, and vehicles.  In about 30% of the cases, a warning sound was given before the crash.

These numbers are alarming, especially when you consider how many times you have probably walked home from the bus stop, or school, or work with your headphones in.

Then consider how many times it happened in the dark, and on a busy street or intersection. Everybody is already aware of the risk of texting while driving, but people seem to forget that dangers still exits while crossing a street

I know it makes the walk home more bearable, but be safe, and when you’re walking in a high traffic area, keep your volume down, or better yet, take the ear buds out momentarily.

 

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)