LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Safe Kids USA says more teenagers are being injured when walking or biking to school because they are distracted by technology.
The 2012-2013 National Distracted Pedestrian Study included the La Crosse School District this year.
It shows one out of every eight middle school students are distracted by phones, ipods, music, or video games while walking to school.
October 9th is national Walk or Bike to School Day.
Multiple local agencies met with teens at Logan Middle School to take about bike and pedestrian safety.
The goal is to promote healthy lifestyles by having more students walk or bike, but also emphasize safety.
"We are not asking them to take away the device, we are asking them to put it away and have a moment of silence when they cross the street. I am trying to practice this myself. I think teens, adults, and everyone takes a part in this," said Kim Lombard from Gundersen Health Systems.
The Safe Kids 2012-13 Study states 39 percent of teens are distracted by texting, 39 percent by listening to music, 20 percent by talking on the phone and the remaining 2 percent by playing video games.
Lombard says the study also shows the most at-risk age group for injuries has now shifted from young children ages 5-9 to teens ages 12-15.
The Safe Kids Coalition of the La Crosse Coulee Region and the Safe Routes to School Program teamed up with several area businesses and schools to sponsor the event.
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