Posted on 07/31/2015 at 08:42 AM by Dena Boelter
Cell phone usage has long been considered hazardous while driving, with 47 states having at least some restrictions limiting cell phone operation while behind the wheel. Now, new research shows that mobile devices can also lead to injuries for distracted pedestrians as well.
The report is titled “Pedestrian Injuries Due to Mobile Phone Use in Public Places.” After mining data from the National Electronic Surveillance System, researchers estimated that the number of pedestrians who are treated in an emergency room every year for injuries suffered while using cell phones has more than doubled since 2004. In 2010, the most recent year surveyed, over 1,506 people were admitted for injuries suffered from inattentive walking.
The study’s lead author called for more awareness when traveling by foot. Additionally, the CDC recommends crossing streets only in designated crosswalks, observing drivers who appear to be turning, and increasing visibility with reflective clothing and a flashlight when walking at night.