Texting And Walking Can Lead To Injury OR Worse OR Embarrassment
Watch Women Caught On Video Fall In Mall Fountain While Textingby Guelph Now! Local News
Jan 26, 2012
1. Don’t “Text” and Walk - Be Careful
On Tuesday January 24th, 2012, the Guelph Police Media Release addressed the ever increasing issue of “sexting and teens”. This release was aimed at educating parents and teens on “sexting” with the goal of minimizing the harmful, long lasting effects that may occur. In the same spirit, we would like to speak to the safety issues that are now presenting themselves with another issue; “texting while walking”.
In January 2011, a woman from Pennsylvania became a YouTube hit after she was caught on security cameras falling into a water feature inside a shopping mall.
Let’s look at the issue. You may have mastered walking and chewing gum, but you should reconsider adding texting and cell phone conversations to your ambulatory repertoire, a new study warns.
Scientists at Stony Brook University in New York have found that using a cell phone to talk or text while walking can disrupt your Gait ( the pattern of movement of the limbs) to such a degree as to cause accidents.
“The study relates that using a cell phone while walking is so distracting that people are likely to miss a clown riding a unicycle. And yes, this is the result of real research, which involved mostly college-age students walking across a main campus square while a real clown performed. The research also found cell-phone users walk slower and weave about more than others”.
The research will be published in the December issue of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. Please visit: http://bit.ly/miCyeH for full study details.
On Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., members of the Coordinated Enforcement Team observed a male that was known to them on Carden Street, Guelph.
The male was found to be in breach of a condition of his OIC Undertaking and arrested. A search incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of approximately 1.8 grams of marihuana and he was charged accordingly.
Christopher DUSKOCY 41 years of Guelph was charged with Breach OIC Undertaking and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marihuana. He was held for a Bail Hearing.
3. Arrest – Impaired Driving
On Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 7:03 p.m., Guelph Police received a call from a concerned citizen about a yellow Chevy Camaro driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes and speeding on Victoria Road North. The motor vehicle was located in a parking lot on Victoria Road North by a member of the Guelph Police Traffic Division.
The male driver was spoken to and arrested for Impaired Driving. The male’s vehicle was impounded for seven days and his driver’s license suspended for ninety days.
Kevin NIXON 44 years of Cambridge was charged with Impaired Driving and Drive Over 80. He will appear in court in January.
4. Personal Injuries Collision – Witnesses Sought
On Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 7:35 p.m., Guelph Police responded to a collision at the corner of Victoria Road North and Eramosa Road, Guelph. Investigation revealed that a 2002 Chrysler was travelling northbound on Victoria Road North and disobeyed a red traffic signal and struck a 2007 Dodge that was eastbound on Eramosa Road. The driver of the Chrysler was transported to the hospital by Guelph Wellington EMS for minor injuries. The Dodge sustained extensive damage including airbag deployment and was demolished totaling approximately $12,000.00. The Chrysler damage was estimated at approximately $6,000.00.
A 22 year old driver from Ariss, Ontario was charged with Disobeying a Red Signal.
This incident is under investigation and anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact Cst. Dave ALLEN of the Guelph Police Service Traffic Division at 519-824-1212 extension #7155. Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222 TIPS (8477) or submit on-line at: www.crimestoppersguelphwellington.com.