Smartphones are distracting both drivers and pedestrians

Smartphones are distracting both drivers and pedestrians
Insurance firm State Farm recently conducted a survey and found that compared to 2009, fewer people are talking on their handset while driving. However, the number of those behind the wheel who admit to texting is up 5 percentage points to 36% over the same period. State Farm's survey found that 48% of drivers who text would stop doing it if it led them to be involved in a crash. 42% said they would stop once they started to worry about having to pay a fine. 36% said that if they thought that the cops would pull them over, they would stop.

In the U.S., 46 states now have laws on the books that ban drivers from texting; 14 don't allow hand-held use of smartphones while operating a vehicle, while 38 have some restrictions. Although the cops can use real-time location finders to determine if a smartphone was involved in an accident, pulling over a driver using an iPhone illegally is a much harder task.

Driving while using your smartphone is bad. But so is walking with your head down staring at your phone. It is no coincidence that the rise in smartphone use has taken place at the same time that emergency rooms have seen a sharp increase in distracted walking injuries. Interestingly, most people point their finger at others. 75% say that it is other people who walk around in a distracted state because of their handset, not them.

A spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Alan Hilibrand, says that a survey conducted by the group found that 90% of the respondents have seen people walking around, distracted by their phones. 64% describe these people as being "zoned out." Yet, only 38% say that they have been zoned out themselves. Hilibrand says that 60% of pedestrians are preoccupied with their phone. To end this issue, he recommends that people force themselves to put down their handsets and focus on what is in front of them.

source: WashingtonPost

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13 Comments

1. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Not in Honduras, too many thieves out there, we keep our phones safe.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why does the person driving have to be using an iPhone? I mean it could be any cellphone right? It's stupid iPhone owners only who use phones while driving. All of us do it and all of us are stupid. Some do it way more than others. If i must send one, i only do so if I'm in stopped traffic. I will change music while driving sometimes, but its rare. I can control my phone from the wheel. Unless you are on an open road where you can drive straight and glace down quickly, you will be fine because people do it all the time. But in heavy city traffic or highways; using a phone is much more dangerous.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's not only iPhone users.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

People are distracted by smart phones, smart watches too, and anything extra that can take their eyes of their path, this is really nothing new unfortunately. Listening to music and whatnot with headset, or such fine, ok, though imho should always have one ear free to listen to surroundings. A screen in front of you taking your eyes of surroundings, bad, and you see people doing it daily, and wandering into other people because of it.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I've used my phone as a pedestrian, driver and biker, but it's only when I come to a stop. No exceptions...

5. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

there's no reason to text and drive with all this technology like text to speech

6. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Here's the solution Don't use your damn phone while driving

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I find it plain stupid if somebody uses their phone while driving or crossing the road..

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I love the video of the woman walking through the mall looking at her phone and she falls into the fountain. It's probably fake, but I love the idea of it anyway.

9. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

That is not a new find you know....

11. aldridhl

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

lol and the sky is blue...

12. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

On Christmas someone walked off the edge of a cliff because he was too focused on his phone to realize there was a hazard in front of him. A while ago a pedestrain walked im front of a moving car and died after getting hit. The driver had no time to stop as the pedestrian walked right in front of the car as she was preoccupied with her phone. There are more instances of this stupidity in NYC and it's only getting worse.

13. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Phones distract. Period. Dumb or smart phones do not matter. Use of any cell phone while driving, walking is extremely dangerous.

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