Distracted Walker Falls Into Train Tracks

Emergency rooms say "walking while distracted" patients quadruple.
1:51 | 07/30/12

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OF US DO. WALK WHILE TALKING ON THE PHONE OR GETTING AN E-MAIL OR TEXTING. AND TODAY, WE LEARNED EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE SEEING FOUR TIMES THE NUMBER OF PARENTS INJURED WHILE WALKING WHILE DISTRACTED. LYNN SAY DAVIS TELLS US HOW BAD IT IS GETTING OUT THERE. Reporter: WATCH AS THIS MAN, SO CONSUMED BY HIS CELL PHONE CONVERSATION, ENDS UP HEAD OVER HEELS ON THE TRAIN TRACKS. LOOK AT THAT AGAIN AS HE TAKES TALKING ON HIS CELL PHONE ONE STEP TOO FAR. HE WAS NOT HURT, BUT HE IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW SOCIETY'S ROMANCE WITH SMART PHONES IS CAUSING MANY TO FLIRT WITH DEATH. WALKING INTO WALLS. THIS ONE PLUNGED 20 FEET INTO A SINK HOLE. IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, THE NUMBER OF INJURED DISTRACTED WALKERS HAVE MORE THAN QUADRUPLED. MORE THAN 1,150 PEOPLE WERE TREATED IN THE ER IN 2011 ALONE. THEY SUFFER FACIAL FRACTURES, BLUND HEAD TRAUMA. AND FOOT INJURIES. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT WATCHING WHERE YOU ARE GOING, IT'S A LISTENING TOO. WHEN I WALK, I CAN HEAR MY PRODUCER HONKING FROM DOWN THE STREET AND ACROSS THE BLOCK. AS SOON AS I TURN THE MUSIC UP AND PUT ON MY HEADPHONE, I CAN'T HEAR HER ANYMORE. ACTUALLY, I CAN'T HEAR SHALL THAT SHE IS HONKING UNTIL SHE IS A FEW YARDS AWAY. THEY HAVE TRIED TO PASS LAWS.

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