CHICAGO (AP) - The American College of Emergency Physicians is
warning of the danger of accidents involving people trying to walk
and text at the same time.
And it's not just walking that can be dangerous.
In an alert issued this week, the ER doctors cite rising reports
from doctors around the country of injuries involving
text-messaging pedestrians, bicyclists, Rollerbladers, even
Most involve scrapes, cuts and sprains from texters who walked
into lampposts or walls or tripped over curbs. But there are
reports of deaths.
One California emergency physician says "We think we're
multitasking, but we're not." Doctor Patrick Walsh says "You're
focusing on one task for a split second, then focusing on another
one, and with something moving 40 miles an hour like a car, it just
takes a couple of seconds to be hit."
The ER group also says people should never text while driving,
and should avoid talking on a cell phone or texting while doing
other physical activities.