Stop, look and listen

By Jerene-Elise Nall

For many students, a walk to and from class is a time to mellow out with their favorite music, but is cranking their volume putting them at risk?

According to one study, the answer is yes.

A report published this month in the online journal Injury Prevention makes the claim that in the last six years, the number of headphone-wearing pedestrians killed or injured by moving vehicles has tripled.

Is it drivers or pedestrians who need more carefully watch the road?

Some students believe that motorists should be the ones to look out for danger.

“The drivers [should be responsible],” said junior journalism major Tamika Jackson. “The pedestrians always have the right of way.” When asked of her own headphone habits as a pedestrian, especially when near an intersection, she added, “It’s too much of a hassle [to take the headphones out]. They’re already in.”

Xander Ribierre, senior journalism and communications major, agreed.

“I just want to listen to my music all the time,” he said. “I look both ways, though, every time.”

Ribierre went on to say that pedestrians should make at least an equal effort as drivers to be responsible while crossing the street.

“You need to use your eyes more. You’re already at the disadvantage,” he said.

The study did not take into account factors like intoxication or suicidal intention among pedestrians.