ER Doctors Warn About Walking While Texting; When Will We Start Seeing Laws?

from the they're-coming dept

Anyone want to take a guess on when we'll see the first laws proposed to ban the practice of walking-while-texting? We've already seen a few proposals that would ban walking and talking in a crosswalk. And, to add some fuel to the fire, some ER doctors are warning people who walk and text at the same time that it's risky behavior. The doctors say they're seeing a rise in reports of people walking and texting at the same time, leading to some sort of injury, including two people who were hit by a car after paying more attention to their phone than oncoming traffic. Since technopanics always seem to start with a news article, just wait for someone to propose a law against this -- rather than insisting that perhaps it's time to institute a little common sense. Update: Apparently, I'm too late. At least one state has already proposed just such a law.

Filed Under: doctors, health, technopanic, texting, walking


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    Read 'n' Walk (profile), 31 Jul 2008 @ 8:15am

    Hope they don't outlaw reading

    I regularly read on my walk to work, have done for years. It's about a 20 minute walk, and I've yet to have an accident.

    Who are these people who randomly walk in front of cars, into telephone poles and other generally inanimate objects.

    Are they the same people who would normally be walking in front of cars for reasons of general uselessness or for purposes of suing the driver.

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