Study Prompts New Warnings About Texting And Walking

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The dangers of texting and driving are well-known, and 41 states – including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have banned the practice.

But as CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reported Wednesday, new research says texting while walking also can be hazardous.

“I’ve walked into a pole,” one person said.

“I saw a person get on a train, and tripped up off their shoes by texting,” another said.

“The gentleman right here almost got hit by a car because he was texting on his phone,” a third said.

According to a new nationwide study from Ohio State University, more than 1,500 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking.

“And in the next year, it actually exceeded the injury rate for people who are driving and texting or talking on cell phones,” said study co-author Professor Jack…

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