The Dangers of Walking and Talking

By Cybermum Australia

As safe drivers and responsible community members, I know we are all aware that you just can’t use your mobile phone while driving. There have been far too many horrific stories on our news feeds of the horrendous, sometimes fatal outcomes of this highly-illegal practice.

But what about using your phone while walking? Surely this is the lesser of two evils?

Well no. Many doctors and experts now believe that using your mobile phone while walking is in fact responsible for more injuries than using a smartphone when driving. The recent story of a poor Chinese girl who got caught in a drain as she was texting and walking should be a reminder to us all!

According to a 2013 study by Ohio State University, the number of pedestrian injuries involving mobile phones tripled between 2004 and 2010 in the U.S., while the total number of pedestrian injuries dropped. These pedestrian injuries weren’t just broken toes. One case involved a teenage boy walking straight off a bridge into a ditch while talking on his mobile phone and another man was hit by car while walking across the road and chatting on his phone. So this is a serious matter!

Researchers believe that …read more

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