Study: 1,500 pedestrians injured while using cell phone, walking
POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:20am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:20am
EL PASO (KTSM) — We've all heard how dangerous texting and driving can be but texting and walking can also be hazardous.
"I was texting a friend and I was crossing the street over there on Mesa and I almost got hit by a car," said Angelite Aleman.
But that has not stopped Aleman from texting and walking, even though she knows it's dangerous.
"I still do it but with more precaution," said Aleman.
Others like Salvador Anchondo said he pays attention to his surroundings, instead of focusing on his phone.
"I've seen people walk into things and I've seen them walking and where like they've almost gotten hit," said Anchondo. "That's why I like to call them zombies. It’s like they're roaming without a brain. They're just, ‘Ugh.’ They're not paying attention to anything other than their phone."
A recent Ohio State University study showed more than 1,500 people were hospitalized in 2010 because of it.
"In the last year, it actually exceeded the injury rate for people who are driving and texting or talking on cell phones," said Jack Nasar with Ohio State University.
People have reported dislocated shoulders, broken bones, concussions and perhaps even worse.
"If you're going to be that, I consider it that foolish to where that's more important to you than your life or just the walk that you're doing. It's funny. Those little things can wait," said Anchondo.
Researchers said instead move to the side and stop walking while you answer a text.