We told you last week how nearly 1 in every 2 accidents in L.A. is a hit-and-run.

Well, don't push your luck people. Research unveiled this week shows that 1 in 3 pedestrians are distracted by their cellphones and smartphones.


Try to look out, people:

The new research published in the journal Injury Prevention found that texting (7 percent of subjects were observed doing it while walking across the street) was your most distracting and dangerous sin.

Stop that.

Talking (6 percent) and listening to music (11 percent) were also top no-nos, according to the study, which observed people in the street.

Half of the observations were made during morning traffic hour, the study says. The folks examined ranged in age from 25 to 44.

Only one in four of you looked both ways before crossing, according to the research. A summary:

Texters took almost two seconds (18%) longer to cross the average junction of three to four lanes than those who weren't texting at the time.

And they were also almost four times more likely to ignore lights, to cross at the middle of the junction, or fail to look both ways before stepping off the curb.

Careful out there.

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