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Pedestrian accidents because of texting while walking are increasing



We all know driving while texting often has contributed to auto accidents. But did you know that gadget preoccupation while strolling is a real danger as well? In an Associated Press story, distracted walkers treated at hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven years. Many of these incidents are documented in viral videos on YouTube.

There's no official data, but there has been a spike in pedestrians killed and injured in traffic accidents because they were more engaged with their mobile devices.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:00am]


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