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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    Jess, 31 Jul 2008 @ 9:20am

    Purpose...

    What is the purpose of a cellphone; to talk or to text...
    However, I think both...

    Proposal:
    Talk on the phone while doing any activity; walking, driving, running, riding a bike, etc.
    Text people when in a public place. I hate those jerks who talk so loud on the bus, in the library, and the worst, the RESTROOM!

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