Two fatal North Carolina accidents in October 2011 involving individuals walking with headphones highligh the dangers of not paying attention to traffic as a pedestrian. In one incident, a 15-year-old Charlotte, NC, high school student died after stepping into traffic in the 4400 block of Tuckaseegee Road. The driver swerved in an attempt to avoid her.
These accidents demonstrate the risks of being addicted to electronic devices. When people walk down the street wearing headphones, they often do not pay attention to oncoming traffic and cannot hear cars honk. As a result, headphone use has increased pedestrian fatalities and several states have introduced bills to penalize people for wearing headphones while walking.
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