MASON CITY, Iowa – Days like Black Friday bring plenty of people out, especially in parking lots.
What you may not realize is how dangerous those parking lots can be.
One in five accidents happens in a parking lot according to the National Safety Council. They say distracted driving is a main factor, with two thirds of drivers in parking lots on their cellphones.
Officer Jeremy Ryal with Mason City Police suggests always being alert and aware of your surroundings in parking lots.
“As you’re going down the row someone might be backing out if you’re looking at your cell phone, not going to notice as quickly. Same issue we see on the road,” Ryal said.
60,000 people are injured in parking lots every year.66 percent of people surveyed say they feel comfortable making a call in the parking lot and nearly half felt okay texting according to NSC.