Watch where you're walking!
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:10:46 GMT —
A nationwide study from Ohio State University found more than 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking.
It also found that number was higher than the injury rate for people using their phones while driving in 2011.
Chris Forrest, a freshman at Coastal Carolina University, is constantly texting and walking at the same time.
"It might be an important text or it might be an Instagram notification," Forrest said.
And Forrest is just one of many people using their phones on-the-go.
"I don't like to wait to answer the text. I like to answer it when I get it," Rakesha Saccel, a freshman at CCU said.
Some have even almost gotten hurt because of it.
"I've run into a couple people while texting and walking. I've walked into traffic, things like that," Forrest said.
Researchers say the solution is simple - step aside when you want to read that message or answer a call, but some people say that's easier said than done.
"We just can't put our phones down. I think that when we're not using our phones, we feel like we're missing something. And so we have to constantly check, we have to constantly stay active and start doing something. It just becomes habit now," said Dave Liddell, a sophomore at CCU.
In August, the Department of Transportation announced that cities can apply for $2 million in federal grants to combat 'distracted walking,' which they say may have contributed to a recent increase in pedestrian deaths.