Video: Texting and walking can be hazardous

Texting and walking. (Photo/NBC)
Texting and walking. (Photo/NBC)

FT. MYERS, Fl. (WBBH) – It may seem harmless, but a new study shows walking and texting can be a deadly distraction.

Safe Kids Worldwide conducted its first study of how teenagers cross the road. Researchers followed 34,000 children ages 16 and under. They discovered teenagers are more at risk of getting hit by cars while distracted than any other demographic they have studied in the past.

“We talk to so many young kids about safety, look left-right-left. But as kids get older, we worry about other things and we don’t really talk to them about walking to and from school. Those are the kids that do walk to and from school,” said Sally Kreuscher with Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The study revealed one in eight middle school students were distracted while texting and walking. Even worse, one in five high school students were distracted while texting and walking. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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