If that headline does not get your head spinning and your mouse finger clicking, I’m not sure what will. We seem to have a problem with the cell phone texting thing. Other than the fact it can cost some of us a quarter to send or receive just one of these 140 character pieces of literary art, we’ve got people getting killed and some taking unexpected swims.
All of this started in May of 2009, when our team here at Radio Vice Online informed readers of the expanded plan to put gym padding around lampposts in the U.K. to keep mobile phone texting experts from knocking their heads as they walked along the sidewalk.
My suggestion was to put those ball pits you find at the kid’s activity centers all over the place.
Today we hear – possibly as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to get people “moving” again – people are indeed moving more, but are continuing to manipulate their smart phones in one way or another and getting killed in the process.
WMAL in Washington, D.C. reports a safety organization is suggesting Michelle’s efforts to “get more active” could be partly responsible for an increase in pedestrian deaths.
Governors Highway Safety Administration spokesman Jonathan Adkins told 630 WMAL that Michelle Obama is “trying to get us to walk to work and exercise a little bit more. While that’s good, it also increases our exposure to risk.”
After four straight years of steady declines, pedestrian deaths were up during the first six months of 2010, the latest figures available to be studied.
That’s just terrible. I’m counting down, awaiting some lawmaker, somewhere, to suggest we must ban texting while walking to prevent deaths. You really think I’m kidding don’t you.
5 …. 4 … 3 …. 2 ….
Looking for proof this phenomenon is really a problem? You want the truth? Here’s the video. Just watch as this tragedy unfolds and the unsuspecting texter walks right into a fountain at a mall.
I feel the need to add (I’m not sure why) … they story over at WMAL may well be a real story, but for that safety organization to suggest Michelle Obama has the power to change the lifestyle of people in such a dramatic way they are getting killed in the process is the most absurd stretch imaginable.
Update: Morrissey at Hot Air slaps this stuff silly. Go read his post to find out what the Governors Highway Safety Administration considers a trend. It’s ridiculous.