Dangers of Texting and Walking on the Rise: New Study

Pedestrian traffic fatalities increased by 10 percent in 2015, according to a new report, which cites pedestrians who text and walk as a reason for the spike.
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Okay, thanks very much. Now to a big headline about something we've all probably done, I've definitely done getting distracted by our phones while we walk. Well, there is a new study out revealing just how dangerous that actually is. ABC's T.J. Holmes is here with more on that. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Good morning, robach. Folks can't even walk and chew gum but think they can walk and text, right. But what's the worst that can happen? The mentality walking, maybe I run into somebody or a light pole, rude and Mabry kick louse but increasingly we're getting more evidence that it's actually dangerous, even deadly. We know the dangers of texting while driving, this morning, a new warning. A study finds the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents last year increased 10% from the year before and from 009 to 2014 a nearly 20% increate. One possible reason for the spike, more people walking while distracted on their cell phones. Something we've all likely done at some point. Like this guy, he barely flips as a car turns inches in front of him and a bear on the loose and this man, almost walked right into him. Very, very terrifying. Reporter: Who can forget mic Michael Scott texted himself right into that koi pond and hit the streets to see it ourselves. Were you texting while walking? Reading an e-mail. Reporter: We caught one after another after another. People texting or talking on their phones while crossing a busy New York City street. We caught you looking down. Fancy Webb was texting while carrying her daughter when she fell. Right when I was pressing send I stepped off the curb and twisted both of my ankles. Her daughter wasn't hurt but she was on crutches for weeks. Ever since then I have not texted and walked. Reporter: Watch what happens on the nat geo show called "Crowd control." You didn't see a gorilla on the treat. I was on my phone. A lot of 230eb8gs are looking down. They were looking for music in their iPod and a lot looking for directions and whatnot but, guys, I caught a lady holding hands with her child crossing the street and looking down. When I pointed that out to her she was flat out and embarrassed and begged us not to put her on television. You can look silly doing it but this can be downright dangerous and something to these Numbers. They're trying to figure it out. When you look at the streets even if someone isn't looking at their phone it's in their hands and the possibility is right there. So many think I can do better. I know how to multitask. What did we do before we had them? It's like an appendage. We observed and lives our lives. We all can do better. We will do better. Coming up here, O.J. Simpson trial back in the headlines with

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