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Cellphone-Using Pedestrians at Higher Risk of "Getting Run Over"

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First driving, now even walking: The combination of cellphone use and motion seems to be the most dangerous threat facing Americans today.

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Two new studies have shown that pedestrians using cellphones are significantly more likely to get smacked by a car than anybody else. A simulation indicated that older people are especially likely to be distracted, even more so if they're unsteady on their feet to begin with (so maybe think about getting Grandma a nice large-print novel for Christmas instead of a Droid).

Interestingly, listening to music was found to have no effect on pedestrian safety, which I'd like to personally refute. I can say without a doubt that while listening to certain music (Spank Rock, I'm looking at you), I am noticeably more cocky and likely to get hit by a car while strutting across a busy street. But then, I'm not a scientist; thus, I trust the results of these studies and will continue to blare loud, filthy rap music while disregarding all pedestrian laws and guidelines. [LabSpaces]

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travisco_nabisco
travisco_nabisco

I would agree with the study. Next time you are walking on a busy street after you hang up from a phone call try to think what stores you walked past, or recall any specific details of where you were walking while on the phone. I know that for myself a lot of what I would normally notice goes unnoticed while on the phone.