SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – We’ve all heard about the harm of texting while driving, but what about texting while walking. The city of San Marcos says they are seeing it more often and are concerned it could cause problems in the future.
“You’ll see it, people constantly texting or talking on their phones and really not being attentive to their surroundings,” said San Marcos Police Department Corporal Laray Taylor.
With a cell phone in just about every pocket, it’s almost too easy to take out your phone while walking and focus on your last text message. But police say doing just that could cause some problems.
“If someone wants to take advantage and snatch your purse or snatch your wallet, if you’re not attentive, you don’t ever see what’s coming,” said Taylor.
Taylor says he sees it often, he says many times people will walk off the sidewalk and into the street without looking for cars. “When you are driving and walking, it really isn’t the time, it’s not a safe time to do that.”
“If that driver had the right of way and they weren’t looking for you, you could really have a real issue. I think that it is dangerous,” said San Marcos resident Sara Trammell.
Trammell says she was that driver not long ago.
“The button had beeped for them to walk around the other intersection, but they just heard the sound so they started to walk because they were on their phone. I was going straight and I had to slam on my brakes to miss the pedestrian!” said Trammell.
Stories like Trammell’s is exactly why Corporal Taylor says the San Marcos Police Department is bringing awareness to texting while walking.
“Please be attentive, when you are out and about we know you want to make phone calls and talk to your friends, but just be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Looking at your phone, it could be something that causes you harm or even your life,” said Taylor.
So whether you’re behind the wheel or walking home, Corporal Taylor says it’s best to just pull over or step aside when you need to make a call.