Forget Gum. Walking and Using Phone Is Risky

On the day of the collision last month, visibility was good. The sidewalk was not under repair. As she walked, Tiffany Briggs, 25, was talking to her grandmother on her cellphone, lost in conversation.Very lost.”I ran into a truck,” Ms. Briggs said.It was parked in a driveway.Distracted driving has gained much attention lately because of the inflated crash risk posed by drivers using cellphones to talk and text.But there is another growing problem caused by lower-stakes multitasking — distracted walking — which combines a pedestrian, an electronic device and an unseen crack in the sidewalk, the pole of a stop sign, a toy left on the living room floor or a parked (or sometimes moving) car.To read this report in The New York Times in full, see:
www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/technology/17distracted.html

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