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Smartphones May Help Pedestrians Dodge Cars

Honda, others working on warning technology

(Newser) - Automakers are working on technology that could cut down on the number of pedestrians hit by distracted drivers—or on the number of distracted pedestrians who walk in front of cars. It's a warning system that uses GPS systems on smartphones and something called dedicated short range communications, reports...

7-Car Pile-Up Ends With ... 6 DUIs

Pedestrian who started it all is also charged

(Newser) - A 3am seven-car pile-up near the Atlanta airport, somehow, did not end with any deaths—but it did end with six of the drivers charged with DUIs. The crazy incident began when a pedestrian "started walking into the interstate" this morning, explains a police spokesperson. He entered I-75, got...

Texting While Walking Is Dangerous, Too

 Texting While Walking 
 Is Dangerous, Too 
study says

Texting While Walking Is Dangerous, Too

And lots of people do it: study

(Newser) - We all know texting while driving is dangerous—but texting while walking is dangerous too, a new study finds, and many pedestrians are doing it. Researchers found that almost one-third of walkers in Seattle were distracted by a mobile device while crossing busy streets. Some were talking on the phone...

Driver Aims at Pedestrian ... for Wearing Plaid
Driver Aims at Pedestrian
... for Wearing Plaid
police blotter

Driver Aims at Pedestrian ... for Wearing Plaid

Cops: He missed, but now he's in jail

(Newser) - He's either very serious about fashion or in dire need of lessons on channeling anger: California police say a man sped off in his car after an argument at home and then tried to run down a pedestrian. The walker's offense? The driver "made statements to the...

Cory Booker Gets In on New Rescue

Except a detective was first on scene of pedestrian hit by car

(Newser) - Cory Booker might be dead to the White House , but he's trying to burnish his knight-in-shining-armor cred again. Seems the mayor was on the scene when a Newark pedestrian was hit by a car Friday, tweeting that he was among a group that "got man stabilized & into...

New Jersey Town's Cops Ticket Texting Pedestrians

'Dangerous walkers' fined $85 in Fort Lee

(Newser) - Take your fingers off your cell phone, and nobody gets hurt. That could be a warning from one New Jersey town's cops, who are handing out $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who text while they walk—117 so far. "It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching...

Wearing Headphones While Walking? Bad Idea
Wearing Headphones
While Walking? Bad Idea
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Wearing Headphones While Walking? Bad Idea

Reports of accidents, deaths tripled from 2004 to 2011

(Newser) - Next time you slip on your headphones before walking to work, consider this: It could kill you. Last year, 47 pedestrians were killed or badly injured while wearing headphones—that's nearly three times the 16 who experienced the same fate in 2004, AFP notes. In total, 116 headphone-wearers were...

Philly Targeting People Who Text ... While Walking

Safety program focuses on distracted pedestrians

(Newser) - Police in Philadelphia are stepping up their campaign against bad behavior on the city's thoroughfares—and distracted pedestrians are as much a target as distracted drivers and sidewalk cyclists, officials say. Officers enforcing the "Give Respect, Get Respect" program in the city center will be looking out for...

Woman, 83, Killed in Collision With Skateboarder

Calif. police probing deadly accident

(Newser) - A 17-year-old skateboarder may face charges over the death of an 83-year-old pedestrian he ran into. Police in the seaside town of Capitola, Calif., say the teen was skateboarding downhill and passed a stop sign before slamming into the woman at up to 20mph. The teen has not yet been...

Prius Growing Noisier to Warn Pedestrians

Toyota offers 'humming device' to help people hear hybrid coming

(Newser) - Prius drivers worried about mowing down pedestrians who can't hear them coming are being offered a chance to make their cars noisier. Toyota is selling a $150 device that makes a humming noise that's about as loud as a regular car's engine, AP reports. The speaker system is designed to...

Walking Lanes for Tourists? Joke Isn't a Bad Idea

Separate lanes for slow/fast walkers makes sense

(Newser) - A New York wag recently spray-painted "tourist" and "New Yorker" walking lanes at 5th Avenue and 22nd Street. Though the lanes were quickly erased, separate pedestrian lanes might actually be a good idea, writes Dan Amira for New York magazine. Of course, such lanes wouldn't be designated by...

Train Kills 3 Girls Crossing Fla. Bridge

Fourth teen shouted for them to jump, to no avail

(Newser) - Three teenage girls crossing a bridge in central Florida were killed by a freight train as they desperately tried to get out of its way and a friend on the other side yelled for them to jump, police said today. The girls and the fourth teenager, a boy, were hanging...

Japanese Mull Noisier Hybrids to Protect Blind

Survey finds blind people are unnerved by silent vehicles

(Newser) - Japanese automakers are looking into ways to make their super-quiet hybrid cars a lot louder after more than half of blind people surveyed said they were terrified of the vehicles, AP reports. The automakers are considering equipping the vehicles with radar to sense pedestrians and make sounds like engine noises...

NYC to Kick Cars Off Broadway
 NYC to Kick Cars Off Broadway 

NYC to Kick Cars Off Broadway

Mayor unveils pedestrian-friendly midtown makeover

(Newser) - New York is turning the Great White Way into the Great Walk Way, the New York Times reports. Mayor Bloomberg announced plans yesterday to turn five blocks of Broadway around Times Square into a pedestrian zone complete with tables and landscaping starting this May. City officials say the plan will...

Accidents Drop After Town Pulls Traffic Lights

Germans fare better without crosswalks, curbs, and rules

(Newser) - Would life be better without stop lights? The people of Bohmte, Germany think so. The little town has not only removed traffic lights from its busy main drag, but curbs and crosswalks as well. All that’s left is one simple rule: Yield to the person on your right. It’...

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