PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — TriMet kicked off a campaign Monday to raise awareness for distracted pedestrians around the metro area.
The agency says pedestrians have close calls everyday in which they are nearly struck by TriMet buses or MAX trains.
Check out the close-call videos from the surveillance tapes and see for yourself exactly how dangerous distracted walking can be.
The campaign slogan is “Hold That Thought: Stay Alert, Stay Alive.”
“We can do this,” said ODOT Region 1 Traffic Manager Susan D’Agnes. “People don’t start cars until everybody has buckled up. We learned to not drink and drive. We can learn to not walk, bike or drive distracted.”
Distracted driving is also a big problem TriMet and ODOT are hoping to curb. In the state of Oregon, a distracted driving crash happens every two and a half hours.
“(Distracted driving) is up there with drunk driving and speeding, said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Being alert and slowing down are the two most important things that you can do for your own safety and for everyone around you.”
“We ask everyone, whether you’re driving a car, a bus a bicycle or walking, to behave predictably,” said Bicycle Transportation Alliance Director Rob Sadowsky.