Texting Raises Alarms as Accidents Turn Fatal

Docs see danger while driving—or walking
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2008 8:12 AM CDT
Charles Rombold texts a friend while standing next to his vehicle in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, April 28, 2008. The University of Kansas junior acknowledges he sometimes messages friends while driving.    (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – The steep rise in text-messaging is being matched by a steep rise in people not paying enough attention to what they're doing, the New York Times reports. Fatal accidents involving distracted texters are on the rise and a group of emergency room doctors has issued a stern warning against attempting to send texts while performing other activities.

Several states have already banned texting while driving and investigators are probing the role texting played in last week's California commuter train crash. Addicts admit that some texters can be dangerous—or just annoyingly inconsiderate—but say etiquette for the technology will evolve as it ages.