If you’ve been following our blog, you may have become quite familiar with the dangers of distracted driving.
Florida certainly does have a serious problem when it comes to texting while driving and other distracted driving practices, but experts are increasingly concerned about a lesser known trend in our state—distracted walking.
Using data collected from emergency rooms across the nation, researchers found that the number of cases of serious distracted walking injuries rose 35 percent from 2010 to 2014. The federal Fatality Analysis Reporting system estimates that half a dozen pedestrian deaths a year are caused by portable electronic devices, such as phones, iPods, and other music players.
In an attempt to minimize the number of injuries and fatalities caused by distracted walking, lawmakers in some states—including Utah and New Jersey— have begun to introduce fines and other measures to discourage texting and walking.…