Texting and walking is no laughing matter! Last year, 1,152 people were admitted into hospital emergency rooms for “injuries suffered while walking and using a cellphone or some other electronic device.” Phones, iPods, and other electronic devices take your attention away from your surroundings, making it easier to become a victim of a distracted walking incident. There have been many such incidents in the past year, including some in the Philadelphia region; a man fell onto the tracks at a suburban SEPTA station while talking on his cell phone. Luckily, the man was able to climb out of the track area unscathed, but not all victims of distracted walking are so lucky. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that pedestrian fatalities increased by 4.2% between 2009 and 2010, while injuries rose by 19%. For more information, see the Associated Press article below.
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