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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    Matt, 31 Jul 2008 @ 10:43am

    Re: Opportunity knocks

    The problem, like the driving and talking issue, is that the attention of the walker/driver is being diverted by the conversation itself, not the method or mode of communication. One can be equally distracted by a conversation with a fellow rider/walker.
    I am totally against such laws. We're so worried about Big Brother, the fascist dictator putting listening devices in our closets, that we are missing the real Big Brother, whom we are inviting into our lives by electing morons who suggest such legislation.

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