Between 2005 and 2010 there were over 2500 child road accident casualties in Hampshire.
Worryingly, 42% of Capital FM listeners in Hampshire aged 12 - 16 who were surveyed, admitted to 'sometimes' using a mobile phone whilst crossing the road. With almost 1 in 5 teenagers reporting they've been involved in a road accident or "near miss" on their way home from school.
It is likely that you are travelling more independently now and as a result you can be easily distracted by your friends or hand-held devices. Talking and messing about with friends, texting, talking on a phone and listening to music are all distractions that make pedestrians less safe.