Study: Texting while walking may be as dangerous as driving

December 13, 2012

A new study finds almost one-in-three pedestrians use their cell phones or text while crossing busy streets.

That could increase the chances of being hit by a car.

The study in the journal Injury Prevention finds distracted walking like distracted driving is becoming an increasing problem and pedestrians need to be educated about the danger of doing so.

The study also found texting and walking meant it took an extra two seconds longer to cross the road.

Authors of the study say walkers need to start exercising judgment about when and where to use electronic devices.

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