LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It's happening more and more in Lee County and across the country. Teenagers walking across the street with their phones in their faces and that can lead to serious consequences.
Syndi Bultman is an injury prevention manager for trauma services with Lee Memorial.
Bultman, along with the program Safe Kids, is trying to teach teenagers to put down the phone not only when driving but also when crossing the street.
According to Safe Kids, pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States for children ages five to 19.
With technology in nearly everyone's hands, the roads are becoming more dangerous than ever before.
So now Safe Kids is changing it up and educating kids not just behind the wheel but when they're on their own two feet.
The program advises pedestrians to wait at least 20 seconds after a cross walk signal gives you the go before diverting your attention back to your phone.
Bultman also says even talking on your cell phone while in an intersection is dangerous because you risk the chance of not hearing what's around you.