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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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Jul 2008 @ 3:14pm

    I'm against the walking law but I still strongly agree that driving and using the cell phone is dangerous. No, I dont have stats but based on empirical evidence I've seen enough to know that many people (though not all) can't deal with the distraction. Also, you'll never get accurate stats since people are not going to admit they were using their phone or texting when they ran into another car, pedestrian, etc..

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