We’re all well aware of the dangers of texting or talking on our cell phones while driving. Now it seems there’s momentum gathering to prohibit texting and cell-talking while walking. CBS news shared this video of a Pennsylvania woman falling head-first into a mall fountain while texting. Then there’s this story about the New York teenager who fell into an open (and unattended) manhole…straight into a pile of raw sewage.
Eeeew! I’m not a texter (averaging 2-3 text messages per month), but the possibility of an impromptu swim, especially in raw sewage, would have me changing my texting habits.
State officials in Arkansas are going a step beyond simply texting or talking while walking. They’re considering legislation to “ban pedestrians from wearing headphones in both ears while on, parallel or adjacent to a street, road, intersection or highway. The measure also applies to runners and cyclists and would allow pedestrians to wear headphones in one ear.”
Whoa, waitonecottonpickin’minute. This one does affect me. I can’t be walking through the neighborhood bobbing my head with Apl.de.ap with only one earphone. There’d be all these distractions–like lawnmowers or runaway buses or potential muggers.
Okay, I get it. Maybe there’s some validity to the idea. Safety first! So from now on, I’ll do the one ear thing if I’m walking through the neighborhood. (No one said I had to like it.)
But watch out when I hit the trails. I’ll be fully plugged in and singing along with Bambi and Thumper!
And praying some crazy texting cyclist doesn’t bowl me over from behind!
Confession time! (It’s good for the sole! Hee!) Are you a walker/runner/rider-texter or -talker? Are you like me and have both ears occupied with tunes or books, instead of focusing on something important, like danger at every turn? (Some of you will, like me, have to think back on warmer months. Not many out-of-control buses careening through the gym.:))
Side note: I’m heading out to Blissdom tomorrow and would appreciate some positive vibes as we’re under a winter storm watch tonight and tomorrow. I can’t really afford to lose the registration $$$, but I’m not driving on icy roads. I’m not leaving until close to noon, and I hope we’ll have some sunshine and melting by then. Fingers crossed!