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Texting And Walking Injuries Increasing Nationally, Locally

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Texting and walking, it's what left Diane Dangro with a sprained ankle last year in Rehoboth Beach.

"My husband and I were walking on the beach and I was texting someone at the hotel to see if he got back to our place safely," said Dangro. As I was looking down, before I knew it, I walking where there were rocks.

"I tripped and went down, because I was texting him and I hurt my ankle. I could barely walk."

But she's not the only distracted walker who's been injured from looking down at their cell phone. Delaware state officials say locally the issue continues to grow.

According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, last year 397 pedestrians were involved in crashes, a six percent increase from 2011. Also, pedestrians were the ones likely at fault to 66 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes.

"I think it's becoming a problem," said Michael Barboza of Washington D.C. "It's growing worse, especially [as we become] inundated with more social opportunities."

Rehoboth Beachpolice chief Keith Banks says his staff has dealt with only one pedestrian accident this year, but admits the issue of texting and walking is a problem.

"We're just asking people to be cognizant of their surroundings, look up and pay attention, so we have a safe summer for everyone," said Banks.

Dangro says she learned her lesson and that "now when I'm texting, I know not to do it while I'm walking.

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety say it's now partnering with Beebe Medical Center to address the issue. One of the ways is by setting up two Pedestrian Safety Checks this summer.

The first one at the Starboard in Dewey Beach on July 26th. The second will be in Lewes on 2nd Street on Sat., August 3rd.

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