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Cell Phone 'Distracted Walking' Can Be Dangerous

Talking, texting users aren't looking out for dangers, study finds

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Still, Lee said, "this research is consistent with other studies that show a cost of multitasking. Technology tempts us to try to do many things at once, but our ability is severely limited."

What should be done? Study lead author Nasar called for more awareness, but he doesn't support laws banning use of cellphones by pedestrians such as there are in some states for drivers.

The study appears in the August issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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