H-HEALTHY LIVING

Dec 13, 2012 12:10 PM by NBC News

Texting a distraction while walking

Texting isn't only a hazard while driving, it also impairs your ability to cross the street.

A new study shows people texting while crossing a busy Seattle intersection were less likely to look both ways before stepping off the curb. It also took them two seconds longer to cross the street, and they were four times more likely to ignore lights.

Talking on a cell phone, and walking with pets or children, were also distracting activities.

One in three pedestrians were distracted by a mobile device while crossing the street.

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