Transcript for Cellphone use causing more injuries, study says
Thank you. Our "Gma" cover story, the dangers of texting when you shouldn't. One of them is you miss your cues on air. A new study finds head and neck injuries related to cell phone injuries have soared offer the last two decades and will reeve has details. I had a joke where I would be looking at this when you threw to me but you took my cyber Monday shtick. They're attached to us every hour of the day. Our whole lives in here but a new study shows cell phones post danger as smartphones have become U get which to us related injuries have shot up. We've all seen the videos. People texting and walking, falling into fountains, off curbs and into traffic. Causing bumps, bruises, broken legs and sometimes worse. A new study from Rutgers medical school says she's kind of distraction injuries are on the rise. Injuries related to texting and driving and texting and walking have increased dramatically since 2007 and doctors are seeing more and more of these injuries in emergency rooms. It's a unique problem for the 21st century. In the past two decades cell phone related injuries accounted for 76,000 emergency room visits. Shows more people are suffering injuries related to head and neck as cell phone use as increased so 96% of the population owns a cell phone and so what I'm seeing in the emergency department are people presents with lacerations to their head or some sort of bruise, an abrion or contusion. Reporter: Texting drivers are also at risk and represent a high number of er visits. One study found states with bans on texting while driving have fewer er visits after car Having that law in place is key. That will send a message, a very strong message to individuals who are using their cell phones while driving. Reporter: To prevent injuries some cities are considering fining pedestrians for walking and texting. You can get yourself an $85 ticket while texting and walking in ft. Lee, New Jersey, while those in honor honor did Honolulu can be out $95. In 2007, the study said there were 2,709 injuries. In 2016 there were 9,431. Shot right up. Huge increase, thanks very much.
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