Distracted walking may be just as bad as distracted driving

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Being distracted by a smart phone or an electronic device is not only a concern while driving but also walking.

Communications major Emily Nichols was hit by a car last May while walking in the rain to her math class.

“After I was hit I looked for my phone first” Nichols said.

Recent studies at New Patterson University have shown that pedestrians are brashly walking though busy intersections with don’t walk signs flashing, while on there smart phones or wearing headphones

Officer Geff Blair of the LCC police department is concered with pedestrians not watching where they are going.

“Their whole world is in their palm and the things going on around them become less significant, they even ignore them making them more susceptible to being injured.” He said.

According to Blair, When people do not pay attention while walking they also make themselves a target to potential crime.

“Someone who wants to do you harm will more likely pick you out rather than someone else who is up and aware of their surroundings,” he said.

If you want to listen to music or talk on the phone Blair suggest to wear headphone and keep one ear bud out to stay in touch with the rest of the world.

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