LUBBOCK, TX—The Texas Tech Transportation and Parking Services are revisiting their Street Smart campaign after noticing their students aren’t paying attention to their surroundings when they are walking around campus.
“We have had a few incidents of students texting, and they will walk into the side of a stopped bus at one of our campus bus stops,” Stacy Moncibaiz, Marketing Coordinator for Texas Tech University Transportation and Marketing Services said.
According to the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America, Texas was ranked as the 10th most dangerous state for walking, totaling 4,200 pedestrian fatalities between 2003 and 2012.
“I think we see this on campus environment too because of the concentrated nature of campus, with everyone walking biking busing to get to their destinations,” Moncibaiz said. “So maybe something that people don’t see in other parts of the city, but it is something that we do see here on campus.”
Most students at Tech agree that texting and walking can be dangerous but admit that they still do it anyway.
“It could definitely be dangerous,” Dan, Junior at Texas Tech said. “But as long as you are aware of what is happening I think its okay. I was aware of how long I had to cross the street, so I knew where everybody else had their red light, but you know you never can be too sure.”
Other students said it will probably take a serious incident to occur before they change their habits, despite the University’s efforts to bring this issue to student’s attention.
“Walking and texting, driving and texting, even failing to be aware of your surroundings as a bicyclist can be a very dangerous situation, and we want everyone to be safe when they are on campus,” Moncibaiz said. And it’s not just crossing streets and being on a cell phone and things like that. We'll see it in some parking lots here on campus too.”