Pedestrian Deaths Linked to Texting and Walking

Walkers distracted by technology in fatal accidents are on the rise.
1:43 | 08/26/13

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And next tonight an exclusive report on a giant new study about all of us who think we can walk and talk on cell phones and text at the same time. It's a brand new report out tonight and a wakeup call for everyone about the series danger whizzing right by. Here's abc's paula faris. Reporter: This far nearly hits a pedestrian paying more attention to his mobile device than traffic. Watch again, the pedestrian so distracted, he even continues to text. Crossing the street, distracted by phones, headphones, tablets is a deadly problem. They just think it's never going to happen to me. We saw it on the streets of l.A., Chicago and d.C. Pedestrians were too distracted to notice our camera crew in new york. You're texting and your head down and you step another street. You're completely unaware. Reporter: Watch this man doesn't know he's walking into traffic. She wasn't the only one. How long do you think you were looking down? Probably the whole time I was crossing the street. Reporter: The problem is only getting worse rgs especially among teens. Safe kids studied 35,000 and found that fatality rates have increased 25 percent due to device distractions in the last five years. Most of us are guilty. I feel as if I can folks on the light and the cars at the same time. You're multi-tasking? Yes. Reporter: Still some things will stop any of us in our tracks. Paula faris, abc news, new york.

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