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(WTOP)   Across the nation, "distracted walkers" -- pedestrians too absorbed in their cellphones to see what's going on around them -- are being injured at alarming rates. Sounds like Darwin's going to need to hire some help   (wtop.com) divider line 88
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2012-07-30 10:10:46 AM
Do we need "distracted walking" laws? No, if you're too busy looking at your fondleslab, and you walk into traffic, I think that's a classic Darwinian strengthening of the species.
 
2012-07-30 11:59:55 AM
Across the nation, "distracted walkers speed bumps" -- pedestrians too absorbed in their cellphones to see what's going on around them -- are being injured at alarming rates.

FTFY subby
 
2012-07-30 12:30:56 PM
I'm typing this into the Fark app while walking, so I'm getting a -FARK, WHO PUT A POST THERE? JESUS
 
2012-07-30 12:31:27 PM
Previously, on AMC's the Walking Distracted...
 
2012-07-30 12:32:02 PM
good.
Fark 'em.
 
2012-07-30 12:32:20 PM
www.padsandpanels.com

Did someone say "distracted walker?"
 
2012-07-30 12:32:58 PM
"Across the nation, "distracted walkers" -- pedestrians too absorbed in their cellphones to see what's going on around them -- are being injured at alarming hilarious rates."
 
2012-07-30 12:33:48 PM
I was about to injure someone yammering away with their cart taking up the entire isle in the grocery store yesterday... it's not just cars they need to worry about.
 
2012-07-30 12:34:32 PM
I'd say fark the distracted walkers, too, but man, have you seen the damage a human body can do to a car?
 
2012-07-30 12:35:20 PM
This is why electric and hybrid cars are mandated to have noise makers in 2013, which makes me stabby.
 
2012-07-30 12:36:50 PM
It seems more common now people zoned out almost getting hit. Saw a woman this weekend in a parking lot on her phone just walking down the center of the lane not a care in the world this car was behind her hoping she would notice it. The car finally had to honk at her. She seemed a tad suprised.
 
2012-07-30 12:38:22 PM
I once watched a guy engrossed with his cell phone walk right into a fire hydrant and tumble onto his face.

My only regret is that I didn't point and laugh with more enthusiasm.
 
2012-07-30 12:39:18 PM
We call them "walkers".

Anytime someone walks into the middle of the street without looking both ways is culpable.

They dont even need a smartphone to walk blindly into traffic. They just figure cars will stop, or something.

Even my Chevy Prizm will win in a match of You vs My car.
 
2012-07-30 12:39:51 PM
Distracted walking? There's an App for that.
 
2012-07-30 12:42:10 PM
People who just walk (or waddle) around with a phone jammed to an ear at all times remind me of the thumb-sucking Linus with a security blanket in the "Peanuts" series.

/sic 'em, Snoopy
 
2012-07-30 12:43:58 PM

Fish in a Barrel: This is why electric and hybrid cars are mandated to have noise makers in 2013, which makes me stabby.


Can these "noise-makers" sound like beer farts? That would be awesome!
 
2012-07-30 12:44:34 PM
What is it with people being totally oblivious to what is happening around them, even at the risk of personal injury? You see that shiat more and more with each passing day. Oh well... fark em. More laughs for me!
 
2012-07-30 12:45:50 PM
It's hard to have sympathy for people with so little self-preservation instinct. And this trend isn't going to drop off, given the rising rate of people who expect the government to somehow engineer Safety (TM) into everything that they could possibly encounter during the course of a day. Street with traffic? Government should barricade that off, it's dangerous. Subway platform? There should be government minders stationed there, to hold onto you while you text. Yosemite falls? Dangerous, all trails should be enclosed plastic tubes.
 
2012-07-30 12:46:26 PM
No group or organization doesn't have their fair share of idiots.
 
2012-07-30 12:48:59 PM

Gaboo: I was about to injure someone yammering away with their cart taking up the entire isle in the grocery store yesterday... it's not just cars they need to worry about.


Ugh -this.
I'm constantly yelling at people to watch the fark out and look up when I'm on my bike. Pointless when they have headphones in though.
 
2012-07-30 12:49:11 PM
I hate people.
 
2012-07-30 12:50:36 PM
Being on a cellphone or using a smartphone instantly makes the average person 20% stupider.

The problem is that a lot of people are already operating on the margain and can not afford to lose 20%.
 
2012-07-30 12:51:06 PM
I don't think it's so much the devices they're carrying or even being distracted it's just the mentality of people these days. I call it the Wal-Mart mentality, because 15 or so years ago that's where it all started as far as I can tell. People walk out of the store pushing their overloaded cart and not even bother looking right or left, they simply walk right into the driving lane assuming the cars will stop.

It stems from people thinking they're the center of the universe and everything is supposed to revolve around them.
 
2012-07-30 12:57:07 PM
I bike everywhere and it is sort of hilarious. You can be 100 feet from someone and you can pretty much assume they won't look up.
 
2012-07-30 12:57:39 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-30 12:57:46 PM

BigNumber12: It's hard to have sympathy for people with so little self-preservation instinct. And this trend isn't going to drop off, given the rising rate of people who expect the government to somehow engineer Safety (TM) into everything that they could possibly encounter during the course of a day. Street with traffic? Government should barricade that off, it's dangerous. Subway platform? There should be government minders stationed there, to hold onto you while you text. Yosemite falls? Dangerous, all trails should be enclosed plastic tubes.


You're the guy that released all the tigers from the zoo, aren't you. Because those bars were put there by The Man to keep us from enjoying our feline friends as God intended.
 
2012-07-30 12:58:00 PM

ReapTheChaos: People walk out of the store pushing their overloaded cart and not even bother looking right or left, they simply walk right into the driving lane assuming the cars will stop.


I keep thinking about hiting one of them with my car, but then I know I'll have to listen to all that "pedestrians have the right of way" crap when I get to court.
 
2012-07-30 12:59:12 PM
There nothing like going out for a stroll, texting a friend and OH MY GOD A BEAR!
 
2012-07-30 12:59:50 PM
Really, it all comes down to the fact that, as a group, humanity really is a pack of *phenomenal* idiots. The ability to spend the entire day glued to a phone is just giving us another entertaining way to be stupid. After all, it's not as if before cell phones came along nobody ever did anything incredibly dumb and/or annoying while walking (my favorite is clumps of people all walking slower than average and blocking the whole sidewalk). People have been ignoring their surroundings for ages.

I will admit to listening to music while walking, but I'm *aware* that my hearing is limited and thus I make sure to check extra carefully for cars before I step off the sidewalk. And at least my *eyes* are still on my surroundings. On the relatively infrequent occasions where I've decided to text something while walking, I *stop walking* first.

/what really gets me are the people using their phones while *biking*
//I mean seriously, what the fark?
 
2012-07-30 01:00:11 PM

ReapTheChaos: I don't think it's so much the devices they're carrying or even being distracted it's just the mentality of people these days. I call it the Wal-Mart mentality, because 15 or so years ago that's where it all started as far as I can tell. People walk out of the store pushing their overloaded cart and not even bother looking right or left, they simply walk right into the driving lane assuming the cars will stop.


If you are between the store and the parking lot and the car is supposed to stop, I still check because peopel are morons, but the pedestrian has the right of way in a parking lot.
 
2012-07-30 01:10:35 PM
So I'm guilty of almost winning a Darwin Award this way.

I was crossing a street while looking at my phone. The light had just turned red but I failed to notice the SUV that was hellbent on beating it. He was also on his cellphone. I got struck and tossed 15 ft, but I still maintained a death clutch on my cellphone as I was cartwheeling through the air.
 
2012-07-30 01:11:07 PM

BigNumber12: It's hard to have sympathy for people, all trails should be enclosed plastic tubes.


If only to keep forest cleaner. I cringe we i see someone flicking a cigarette but out the window when they're driving. Who the hell taught them that "thats ok just throw it on the ground'.I've let people on the phone walk right into me before, they're always surprised.
 
2012-07-30 01:12:22 PM
I've actually held out my my fist on the streets of Seattle and had people walk into it. You're downtown, be aware, dumbfark.

i should work on my anger issues.
 
2012-07-30 01:12:31 PM

Fish in a Barrel: This is why electric and hybrid cars are mandated to have noise makers in 2013, which makes me stabby.


I'm assuming that they'll be pretty easy to remove. I'll certainly try, even though it looks like my next purchase won't be a hybrid after all.
 
2012-07-30 01:13:37 PM
I have a feeling that this is a "problem" that will sort itself out on it's own.
 
2012-07-30 01:15:14 PM
In San Francisco we have the added problem of entitled dumbshiat pedestrians who think cars magically stop when the step off the curb no matter who has the right of way but lately I see a lot of distracted walking due to technology.
 
2012-07-30 01:15:25 PM
Sounds like a self-correcting problem to me.

\sorry, retards. no sympathy from me.
 
2012-07-30 01:18:27 PM

borg: In San Francisco we have the added problem of entitled dumbshiat pedestrians who think cars magically stop when the step off the curb no matter who has the right of way but lately I see a lot of distracted walking due to technology.


All cities have that problem, especially anywhere near a college campus; it's just more spread out in SF because of all the tourist hotspots and pre-car layout.
 
2012-07-30 01:18:47 PM

Dynascape: We call them "walkers".

Anytime someone walks into the middle of the street without looking both ways is culpable.

They dont even need a smartphone to walk blindly into traffic. They just figure cars will stop, or something.

Even my Chevy Prizm will win in a match of You vs My car.




I used to see this a lot when I was in California (before cellphones were so smart). Native Californians would just walk into the road without looking and laugh at me for looking both ways or waiting for a car to pass.

They would just tell me "It's okay, pedestrians have the right-of-way here and cars have to stop."

They never seemed to understand that even though you have the right-of-way, physics is still against you. And it is hard to collect on a settlement when you are dead.



Bermuda59: Distracted walking? There's an App for that.


Actually there is an app for this
 
2012-07-30 01:22:37 PM

liam76: ReapTheChaos: I don't think it's so much the devices they're carrying or even being distracted it's just the mentality of people these days. I call it the Wal-Mart mentality, because 15 or so years ago that's where it all started as far as I can tell. People walk out of the store pushing their overloaded cart and not even bother looking right or left, they simply walk right into the driving lane assuming the cars will stop.

If you are between the store and the parking lot and the car is supposed to stop, I still check because peopel are morons, but the pedestrian has the right of way in a parking lot.


You're correct, they have the right of way in the crosswalk, which is typically the section between the door and the parking lot, but people have let that spill over into thinking they have right of way in the entire parking lot. Right of way or not, common sense tells you to look before crossing.
 
2012-07-30 01:23:26 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-30 01:24:02 PM

liam76: ReapTheChaos: I don't think it's so much the devices they're carrying or even being distracted it's just the mentality of people these days. I call it the Wal-Mart mentality, because 15 or so years ago that's where it all started as far as I can tell. People walk out of the store pushing their overloaded cart and not even bother looking right or left, they simply walk right into the driving lane assuming the cars will stop.

If you are between the store and the parking lot and the car is supposed to stop, I still check because peopel are morons, but the pedestrian has the right of way in a parking lot.


Also that pattern of white lines between the doors and the parking lanes is a cross-walk, meaning the pedestrians have legal right of way. I always look anyways, because the cars are heavier and harder than I am. However, Ive been known to flip off or even yell at asshats who speed right through, sometimes passing within a foot or two of me, my wife, and our kids. To top it off, if its Walmart there are (rarely observed) stop signs at either end of said cross-walk.

Also of note, most of the cars ignoring the stop sign and speeding through the cross-walks are sporting out of state plates. Worst are old people from New York and Michigan...a group of people with the worst sense of entitlement I have ever encountered.
 
2012-07-30 01:24:51 PM

foxyshadis: Fish in a Barrel: This is why electric and hybrid cars are mandated to have noise makers in 2013, which makes me stabby.

I'm assuming that they'll be pretty easy to remove. I'll certainly try, even though it looks like my next purchase won't be a hybrid after all.


A car with some level of artificial noise may be useful for blind pedestrians. Someone with a face planted to a glowy screen is going to be just as oblivious whether the car is audible or not.
 
2012-07-30 01:25:17 PM
And yet two or three times a week I have to deal with drivers don't understand how yield sign's, crosswalks and red lights work. I'm sure the thread will be full of Darwin jokes and a sense of entitlement everybody better get out of there way since they are in a car. But hey traffic laws are just a conspiracy to take our money and freedom.
 
2012-07-30 01:25:39 PM
These people are going to ruin it for the rest of us.
 
2012-07-30 01:27:11 PM
And cue the nanny-stater push for texting while walking to be illegal in 3...2....1...
 
2012-07-30 01:27:27 PM

Confabulat: I bike everywhere and it is sort of hilarious. You can be 100 feet from someone and you can pretty much assume they won't look up.


Why are you biking down the sidewalk? Asshole.
 
2012-07-30 01:27:52 PM

foxyshadis: Fish in a Barrel: This is why electric and hybrid cars are mandated to have noise makers in 2013, which makes me stabby.

I'm assuming that they'll be pretty easy to remove. I'll certainly try, even though it looks like my next purchase won't be a hybrid after all.


I doubt it. They're being required because silent cars are a significant hazard for blind people (as well as cyclists and other pedestrians). Disabling it (which will probably be illegal itself) would cost you your savings, you license, and/or your freedom (depending on the severity of the other party's injuries) if you got into an accident.
 
2012-07-30 01:29:08 PM
www.geekologie.com

Geeks will find a solution
 
2012-07-30 01:34:31 PM

thelordofcheese: Confabulat: I bike everywhere and it is sort of hilarious. You can be 100 feet from someone and you can pretty much assume they won't look up.

Why are you biking down the sidewalk? Asshole.


Because I'm not interested in dying on the road, because I'm not an idiot. Dead man.
 
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