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Mobile put lives at risk; people know this

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTen accidents took place in Latvia in the first five months of 2017. Eleven people were injured and eight of them were killed in those accidents. Last year, there were 28 railway accidents in Latvia with twenty eight victims and twenty four of them were killed.

«Recklessness is the main cause of accidents on the railway. This recklessness is often caused by people’s absent-minded use of mobile technologies in close proximity to the railway. This is why our objective as the managing authority over the country’s railway infrastructure is informing and educating society about railway safety to reduce the number of accidents,» says LDz President Edvins Berzins.

The majority of Latvian residents believe using mobile devices when close to the railway is risky, according to results of a study performed in cooperation with Ivars Austers and SKDS about the behaviour of Latvian residents when close to the railway.

93% of respondents said it is risky to use mobile devices when crossing the railway, 92% said it is risky to listen to music and talk on the phone (86%). Residents also said it is dangerous to take pictures, especially selfies, when close to the railway (76%).

«People often risk their lives in close proximity of the railway, and they do not like that because they understand how dangerous such behaviour is,» Austers comments study data.

He emphasizes: «We can conclude people live with a principle – whatever happens, happens. Also people who think it is not necessary to become involved and explain to people how dangerous it is to act recklessly when close to a railway also act recklessly from time to time – cross the railway while talking on the phone or writing text messages.»

Nearly 40% of respondents have been in risky situations. The study shows a correlation between risky behaviour and the use of mobile technologies.

Those who actively use mobile technologies for more than four hours a day more often consider themselves reckless. Those who use mobile technologies for one hour or less are much less reckless. Among respondents, mobile technologies are used more often by youngsters under 24 years – 36% of youngsters actively use different devices for more than four hours a day and 7% – for more than eight hours or longer.

«Our everyday is no longer imaginable without use of different modern technologies. They help us be mobile and easy to reach. But this also often includes many different risks, which often include loss of awareness and sense of the passage of time. Data shows that on average people use mobile technologies for four hour a day and even longer.»

This means people spend less and less time to communicate in person. The sense of another person being right there becomes secondary. Living in the now – rejecting modern technologies is becoming harder and harder. Because of that it is highly important to turn residents’ attention towards possible risks of using modern technologies in different situations that could pose a threat to health – when driving a car, crossing the railway, etc. says Esi brīvs! association chairperson Dace Caica.

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