THINNING THE HERD: Deaths From Texting While Walking Spike

The number of pedestrian deaths and injuries has risen dramatically as a result of texting while walking.

The obvious dangers of texting while driving have been the focus of  nationwide public service announcements, but now the dangers of  distracted walking are coming to the forefront.

The number of pedestrians who died rose from 4,109 in 2009 to 4,432 in 2011 and an additional 69,000 injuries, according to a study published by  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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