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(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.