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A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. Fortunately there were no trains approaching the Philadelphia-area station at that moment, because it took the man several minutes to recover enough to climb out of danger. But the incident, captured last year by a security camera and provided to The Associated Press, underscores the risks of what government officials and safety experts say is a growing problem: distracted walking.
For a long time now in order to protect ourselves, we have had to wear seatbelts when driving in a car. But have you noticed the increase of pedestrians walking while using devices such as cell phones or ipods? They're talking or texting or checking their emails or reading their Facebook or even adjusting the volume on their ipods. What right do they have to put other people (and themselves) in such danger? It seems that if a vehicle hits a pedestrian - no matter why or how - he/she is to blame. But don't you think a driver has enough to worry about without having pedestrians crossing on a red light or stepping into traffic without due regard? Don't be a dummy because "According to The Associated Press, reports of injuries to distracted walkers treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven years." Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/Distracted+walkers+becoming+menace/7035621/story.html#ixzz22dpQD1yk
The other day, I was trying to park my car when two distracted women started to cross in the middle of the street but suddenly stopped right on the edge of the curb. They had not even seen me and continued to stand there talking to each other while I patiently waited to see if they were going to turn and step in front of my car. Finally, I gave a tiny little tootle to get their attention and you know what happened? They looked at me, started screaming to not be so impatient, and gave me the finger! Here I was making sure they didn't step in front of my car and at the very minimum incur a broken hip and they get mad at me!
At the very least, being a distracted walker is dastardly rude; at most, it could mean death!