Hang up and walk


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, more than half of the residents we polled (53%) say they use their phones to talk or text while walking, but only a third admit to being distracted while walking. However, 9 out of 10 drivers say they witness preoccupied pedestrians.

How about you? How often are you or do you see distracted walkers?

How often do you see other people walking on sidewalks or crossing a street when they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are distracted by other things?

Oregon
2014 2016
53 48 Often
38 42 Sometimes
8 8 Rarely
0 1 Never
1 1 Don’t know

When you see other pedestrians who are distracted by other things while walking, how do you feel about it?

Total OR
21 22 It doesn’t bother me at all
52 52 It bothers me a little
25 25 It bothers me a lot
2 1 Don’t know

While walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street, how often do you find yourself distracted by something?

Oregon
2014 2016
4 7 Often
26 31 Sometimes
51 53 Rarely
18 8 Never
1 1 Don’t know

Which, if any, of these things do you do while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

Oregon
2014 2016
49 50 Talk to a fellow pedestrian
37 41 Talk on a cell phone
30 36 Read or text on a smartphone
21 27 Use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
8 12 Other
8 6 Don't know

Which, if any, of these things do you do while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

Oregon 2016
< 35 35 – 54 55 +
41 47 67 Talking to a pedestrian
59 42 18 Talking on a cell phone
55 37 11 Reading or texting
45 27 7 Using ear buds or headphones

Which, if any, of these things do you do while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

Oregon 2014
< 35 35 – 54 55 +
37 53 54 Talking to a pedestrian
50 43 15 Talking on a cell phone
53 29 7 Reading or texting
35 22 7 Using ear buds or headphones

When you are trying to cross streets with marked crosswalks at intersections, how often do you cross the street by jaywalking instead of using the marked crosswalks?

Total OR
10 10 Often
24 27 Sometimes
43 42 Rarely
22 21 Never
1 0 Don’t know

Thinking about other pedestrians, how often do you see other people cross the street by jaywalking instead of using the marked crosswalks?

Total OR
41 42 Often
47 48 Sometimes
10 9 Rarely
1 1 Never
1 0 Don’t know

When you’re walking down a city sidewalk as a pedestrian and you see another person coming towards you, are you most likely to:

Total OR
7 7 Cross the street to avoid the person completely
86 85 Move over to one side of the sidewalk to make room for the other person
5 5 Stand your ground and wait for the other person to move
1 1 Other
1 2 Don’t know

When you’re walking down a city sidewalk as a pedestrian and you see another person coming towards you, are you most likely to:

Oregon
Male Female
12 2 Cross the street to avoid the person completely
77 93 Move over to one side of the sidewalk to make room for the other person
8 2 Stand your ground and wait for the other person to move

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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