Walking While Texting, Like Driving While Texting, Puts Pedestrians at Risk of Accident, Injury or Death
Research shows that pedestrians, similar to drivers, experience reduced situation awareness, distracted attention and unsafe behavior when talking or texting on their mobile phones. Using data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on injuries in hospital emergency rooms from 2004 through 2010, the study found that injuries to pedestrians using mobile phones increased in numbers and as a percentage of total pedestrian injuries from 2004 to 2010. The study found that the number of injuries increased yearly during that time, to 1,506 in 2010 from 559 in 2004. In 2010, the number of pedestrian injuries exceeded those for drivers using cell phones.