AirTalk for December 13, 2012

Walking while texting could be dangerous to your health

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A pedestrian uses a phone by a crosswalk in New York City.

We all know we’re not supposed to text and drive.  But being on foot may not be any safer.  If you’re immersed in your iPhone, Android, iPod or other mobile device, you may not be looking both ways. 

A new study just came out  that found that over 25 percent of Seattle pedestrians were absorbed and distracted by their devices as they walked that city’s streets, leading to unsafe behavior: not obeying signals, wandering out of crosswalks and ignoring passing traffic.  Listening to music on headphones can be dangerous too. 

Have you found yourself narrowly avoiding an accident because of your device?  Should there be a law against texting and walking?


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