iPod zombies: Electronic devices pose threat to pedestrians

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In just a few minutes at VCU in the downtown area, we saw nearly two dozen people who had ear buds in while they were walking, running or riding their bike.  It's something that really concerns local safety advocates.

We often warn of driving distractions, but what about for those walking, running or riding their bike.  A major danger is lurking, and the site is so common, it's now defined in the urban dictionary.

Martha Meade from AAA, Mid-Atlantic says, "An iPod zombie is someone who is walking, riding a bike, on a scooter, who is listening to that iPod completely unaware of what's going on around them, and that's oncoming traffic and other dangers they might be facing."

Bottom line, you need to be able to see, hear, and be mentally aware of what's going on around you when using an iPod, talking on your phone or texting.

Meade says, "in the cities, in the schools, at the malls, everywhere people are out and about enjoying this beautiful weather, they just need to be able to hear if they need to get out of the way.  We all tune into our radio, tune into our favorite music, but the bottom line is that we don't want to tune out to the dangers around us."

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