(MyFOX NATIONAL) - As more states enact laws against texting or talking on a cell phone while driving, another problem is becoming more evident: pedestrians distracted by cell phones .Unlike distracted drivers, people who text or talk on the phone while walking are much more likely to embarrass themselves than to be seriously injured, let alone injure anyone else. The mostwidely reported distracted walking accident, in which a teenager fell down an open manhole while texting last summer , resulted in only minor injuries.
Multiple studies have shown that driversdistracted by using cell phones are as likely to cause accidents as drivers under the influence of alcohol. This has led to at least partial bans on the use of cell phones while driving in many states andthe District of Columbia .
A study conducted at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash . suggests that cell phones are as great a distraction to walkers as to drivers. In the study, astudent dressed as a clown rode a unicycle for an hour around a campus square with steady pedestrian traffic. The researchers stopped pedestrians after they had crossed the square and asked if they hadseen anything unusual.
About half the people who were walking with friends, listening to music or walking alone mentioned the unicycling clown. However, 75 percent of the people who were talkingon cell phones did not remember the clown at all.
Behind the wheel of a car, such distraction endangers lives. For pedestrians, it may lead to embarrassing accidents and the occasional injury. Nowthat drivers in many states are required to hang up and drive, is a hang up-and-walk law far behind?
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