Digital music players, such as iPods, are being blamed for up to 17 road accidents in Britain every day and may give rise to a greater number of accident injury claims.
The AA is concerned that accidents involving so-called ‘podestrians’ and cyclists have risen by 5 per cent in the last year.
‘When on the move our brains have much to take in and using technological gadgets means that our brains can’t always concentrate on so many things at once’, says Edmund king, President of the AA, who carried out the research.
‘This is when we walk into traffic, don’t hear a truck, or drive cocooned from the outside world. We can’t stop the march of technology, but we need to halt the iPod pedestrian, cycle and driver zombies. Whether on two feet, two wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called iPod oblivion.’
Critics of the findings say that it is up to the user to take responsibility when listening to music in close conjunction with traffic.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: August 6, 2010
Author: David Brown