'Calling' Attention of Pedestrians: Don't Talk When You Walk

'Calling' Attention of Pedestrians: Don't Talk When You Walk

Florine Roche
Daijiworld Media Network

Mangalore, Jun 20: Just the other day while riding on my two-wheeler on the busy Bejai-KSRTC road I happen to see a car owner applying emergency breaks and shouting at a pedestrian woman who suddenly crossed the road blithely talking on her cell phone. It was a lucky escape both for the car owner who would have faced public wrath if something were to go wrong and the lady in question who escaped accident by a whisker. Though her impulsive act caused quite a commotion at the scene she went about with her talking spree oblivious of the upheaval she created.

From time to time there have been awareness programmes highlighting the risk of cell phone use by motor vehicle operators while on road as it distracts their attention from driving which might cause risk to others apart from endangering their own lives. But now after many accidents caused due to negligence on the part of cell phone user pedestrians who converse on cell phones while walking on busy roads or forget their surrounding when they are engrossed with their iphones and ipads awareness is slowly growing on the risk they face and risk they cause to other while walking and talking on a cell phones.

In India it is a fad among teens and youngsters to possess the latest and most trendy mobile and sets and they are almost addicted to their gadgets. It is also a common scene to spot these cool guys walking on the streets either chatting with their peers or even sending text messages while walking on streets. Cell phone conversation while walking on streets is quite common among people of all age groups. With their entire attention firmly on the conversation they have with their friends or are unable to listen to any sound other than that of the music in their earphones they end up crossing the roads on a sudden impulse as if they wake up from a deep slumber. This is because the phone conversation distracts their minds from the attention they need to give to watch the road ahead or from taking necessary precautions while crossing the road.

Even in Mangalore it is common to see youngsters with their mobile earphones plugged in or other pedestrians irrespective of age engaging in conversation even while crossing on busy junctions. Many two-wheeler and four-wheeler riders must be facing this problem from such pedestrian cell phone talkers who put their own lives at risk apart from causing problems to the riders and drivers. There is the danger of them being run over by vehicles when they walk or try to cross the road all of a sudden. It is not that they do it intentionally.

According to studies, it is said that when people are deeply engrossed in conversation their ability to concentrate on the task ahead gets affected by almost 50%. A recent study conducted on this aspect reveals that cell phone talkers were slower in reacting to situations and taker longer time than allotted to cross the roads. Researchers have termed such a phenomenon as “inattentional blindness”, where they really don’t see even if their eyes are on it. Many people are still oblivious of the danger they cause to others because they assume that walking is something we do automatically and that there is no effort required or nothing will come in their way. However, in reality it is not so and even walking in familiar environs calls for our complete attention and concentration to avoid any risk.

Just 3 days back a 19 year old girl from Ahmedabad, Archana an engineering student was killed while crossing a railway track and eyewitnesses say she was talking on the cell while crossing and failed to hear the sound of the approaching train. In Gaziabad there has been a spate of deaths while crossing railway tracks including that of a class IX boy who was killed when he crossed the track with his mobile ear phones plugged in. None can forget the tragic and gruesome accident involving two brothers aged 15 & 18 in December last when they were mowed down by Janshatabdi Express. These teenagers who were listening to music on their phone earplugs while walking near railway tracks and paid with their lives for their laxity.

Luckily in Mangalore motor vehicle operators and two-wheeler riders are extra-careful having faced such problems from cell phone and earphone addicts and want to avoid the consequences of mowing them down. While such a precaution may not be foolproof solution it is better cell phone users or music lovers using earphones to avoid risk to their lives by controlling their addiction when they walk on roads or cross busy traffic junctions.


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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    A special keynote has to be given to the youngsters regarding the usage of cell phones. I appreciate the steps taken by Daijiworld.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    This article is cent percent true...These pedestrians cross the road as if it their own garden. The blame finally on poor vehicle drivers..!!!??? One has to understand in such cases who is he loser...vehicle driver or the pedestrian...Yes sometimes Two wheeler rider will be the loser because of this stupid telephone addicted idiots.

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  • sachin, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Another bad habit that people have here is walking on wrong side of a road.
    I've observed on many occasions people walking right next to the divider instead of walking on the opposite side when there's a footpath..
    Just the other day near Infosys,as we were about to overtake the car in front,a woman appeared with her child,walking towards us.Why can't these people use the footpaths??
    Its so annoying!

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  • Clinton Dalmeida, Tallur-Kundapur/Fujairah

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Mr.Paddu,I Appriciate your Idea,So only this way can save some peoples Life... Only Important matter can be Communicated on mobiles & Just for Chatting use Land phones...!!!!

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  • Lancy Dsouza, Kinnigoli /KSA

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    cell talking become style of status, if telecom co's increase price 3 times more, then hope it may decrease, talking not important matters.. etc..etc.

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  • Dans, Kaup

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Hi You are not BRANDING the product. Aware of the Environment.Prioritize your Call & Protect your life....

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  • Pappu Desai, Adyar/Vadodara

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Mr.paddu, mangalore

    It's not fashion. All are having now one and more boy friends and girl friends. Cannot able to speak at home. What else they can do - speak and Walk - two in one.

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  • Dexter, Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Thanks to DaijiWorld for the article....unfortunately people will never learn.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Nowadays cell phone is essential partner in our life.Now it is our duty to use the cell phone in proper and safe way, don't hurt yourself and don't hurt even others too.Use your safely while driving and even on walking.

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  • Alwyn Maxim, Mangalore/UAE

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Better to bring a rule all over India, same like such type of Mobile phones of China(Cell Phone's) banned by UAE, using by the public, The Telecommunication service, stopped by providing service. So same like, Such cases, the police people can fine them so that there will be reduce in such act ? ? ? Appoint more police guards in city limits specially, busy surroundings, so the crime will reduce by fining the such public, also good revenue for the government. As if they creating and created some toll gates, since many years they kept on collecting fees special @ Panne-Mangalore and more to come. What a good earning ? Money making racket. Keep it up ?

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Baka Kuda onji, Daijidakuleg 'photo' yedde thikund, Yenk aa 'Daya'na mittah sanshaya. Oriye 'Encounter' Daye,
    Oriye'Photographer' Daye-Yencha?
    Devdas Kaapikadga Panod oonden!

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  • E P Cutinha, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    It is necessary to stand on the side of the road if at all essential. Those who cross busy roads while talking on the mobile should also be fined.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Dear Sunil
    Gurik burunda 'Idea' dakalu barpera derpere?

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  • paddu, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Nowadays it became fashion for girls.Only the solution increase call rate .minimun 5 Rs/Min.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    Ensure surroundings 'Well'
    Before answering "Bell'
    Florine's Article 'Tell'
    In a 'Nutshell'.....
    On this 'Dwell, Dwell, Dwell'
    Then sing'All is Well.....

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  • sunil, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 20 2012

    IDEA communications dhakul panper walk nd talk

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