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Distracted Walking- 7/16/12

Published On: Jul 11 2012 11:24:12 AM CDT

You may have seen this video of a woman tumbling right into a fountain at the mall while she's texting. It might make you chuckle, but Consumer Reports says, "Phones Put Pedestrians in a Fog." "Clearly, drivers aren't the only people distracted by electronic devices. Pedestrians are, too, and it can be dangerous." In a just-released nationwide poll, Consumer Reports found that 85 percent of Americans had recently seen someone use a mobile device to talk, text, e-mail, or use apps while walking. Of those who had witnessed such behavior - 52 percent said that the pedestrians endangered themselves or others. Kim Kleman "The numbers are hard to pin down, but injuries occurring while pedestrians are using a mobile device appear to be going up." A project by a former Ohio State University graduate student estimates that injuries of non-motorized people -- mostly pedestrians - distracted by cell phones are increasing by more than 180 a year. Kim Kleman "Falling into a fountain might be funny. What's not funny, though, is when you hear stories of people walking and texting when they're crossing the street." After reading about several fatalities that authorities suggest were related to distracted walking, Audrey Cole says she won't text and walk at all anymore. Audrey Cole "I don't think it matters where you live or what your town is like, I just think that a pedestrian in today's times must be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. And it's foolish to not be looking up." Now Audrey does exactly what Consumer Reports suggests and acts like a driver - pulling over to answer a call or text. ."

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