Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Walk, Don't Text

There's a reason they say "keep your eyes on the road":
Texting while walking accounts for more injuries per mile than distracted driving, according to a professor of emergency medicine who says he's treating a skyrocketing number of pedestrian injury cases.

"Pedestrian injuries are particularly dangerous because there's no protective area surrounding you when you're hit by a car," says Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo.

"These pedestrian injuries are particularly dangerous in that they have higher mortality," Jehle tells WTOP. "We always view pedestrian injuries as kind of high risk injuries."

Nationally, of the 41,000 pedestrians treated yearly in emergency rooms, up to 15 percent of the accidents, or more than 6,100 involve cellphones, says Jehle.

"This is the first time there have been more pedestrian injuries related to cellphone use than there have been related to driving."
If you don't pay attention to the world around you, bad things tend to happen...

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