KSAT Defenders: Texting, walking accidents common

Dept. Of Transportation: Pedestrian fatalities up, in part due to distracted walking

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SAN ANTONIO - These days, being distracted by devices has become a way of life.

It's why the recent videos of a woman falling into a mall fountain and a man walking off a subway platform, phone in hand, strike a chord with many.

"The internet is loaded with videos (of people) falling into fountains and running into signs and while it may be funny, I think you can also let your imagination run wild with the possibilities that it also presents, safety-wise," said San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar.

Over the course of a couple days, the Defenders took video of more than a dozen pedestrians walking and talking and texting and walking -- many of them head-down in the middle of busy intersections.

"When you think about it, it's probably a bad thing. They're not watching where they're going and there could be accidents that occur," said pedestrian Cesar Luna.

According to many, texting and walking accidents are not uncommon.

"My junior year of high school, I was actually on my way to my best friend's house to spend the night and I actually tripped and I went down falling, texting," said pedestrian Rosa Douglas.

Police warn being distracted by electronic devices isn't just a traffic hazard.

"You may be so distracted with what's going on around you that you may make yourself an easy target for a criminal. As you know, a lot of crimes against a person or crimes against property are crimes of opportunity," Salazar said.

There is no state law in Texas banning texting and walking.

And while San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has spoken out against texting and driving, he did not provide a comment about texting and walking.

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