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New York pedestrians becoming distracted by cellphones

There have been numerous reports about the dangers of using a cellphone while driving. Now, a new study highlights the risks for pedestrians using cellphones, showing just how dangerous these little technological devices can be. The study found that more pedestrians in New York have been in an accident caused by distracted walking, and the number of pedestrians injuries in the U.S. has increased due to the increase in pedestrians being distracted by their cellphones. 

The study reported that in 2010, more than 1,500 pedestrians in the U.S. were injured in accidents and required medical treatment in emergency rooms. All of these pedestrian accidents and injuries were linked to pedestrians using their cellphone right before the accident. 

The study's researchers said that more pedestrian accidents will happen due to people being distracted by their cellphones that not only allow users to send text messages but also emails, search the internet, watch videos and of course, use Facebook.

The study indicated that pedestrians between the ages of 16 and 25 were the most likely to be injured in a pedestrian accident because they were more distracted than other pedestrians and they are more likely to use their cellphone than older individuals.

The study concluded that distracted pedestrian accidents will only continue since everyone relies on their cellphone to stay connected to their family, work and social life. With so many people using cellphones while walking, what can be done to address this significant safety issue, especially for pedestrians living in New York?

The study suggested that more awareness need to warn pedestrians about the dangers associated with using their cellphone while walking. Awareness campaigns should also address the dangers to motorists and remind drivers to be aware of pedestrians, especially in high traffic areas and in crosswalks.

Source: CBS New York, "Study: Distracted Walking Accidents On The Rise," June 21, 2013

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