Texting and driving is a widely recognized danger on the road. Now, a new study has found that pedestrians who are walking while using a mobile phone are ending up in the emergency room.
The study, which used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, found that the number of injuries increased from 559 in 2004 to 1,506 in 2010. The injuries ranged from minor to serious, including abrasions, sprains concussions, seizures and fractures.
The study looked at detailed case information from a sample of emergency rooms across the country. Over the six years, about two-thirds of those injured were younger than 25.
The lead author of the study, Jack L. Nasar, a professor at Ohio State, believes parents need to teach their kids safe texting. ""Just like they say, 'Look both ways before crossing,' they should say, 'Stop and stand off to the side when you text or talk.'"
The study also found that pedestrian injuries were higher for men, compared to women and for cell phone related injuries, the increase for pedestrians paralleled those for drivers. IN 2010, those pedestrian injuries exceeded driver injuries.
Using a mobile phone while walking puts pedestrians at risk of accident, injury or death.
Florida's pleasant climate encourages walking, biking, and in-line skating - which often puts pedestrians in close proximity to cars and trucks on high-speed roadways in congested, urban environments. Too often, the results are catastrophic for pedestrians, especially if they are distracted by their cell phone or other electronic device.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, our pedestrian fatality rates are among the highest in the nation.
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Source: the New York Times, "Dangers of Distracted Driving," June 28, 2013