Motorists warned about "iPod zombies"

iPod zombies causing 5% more accidents a year

Watch out: it's the attack of the iPod zombies!

With leaked pictures of the new iPod Touch, consumers might be planning their next buy, but the Automobile Association (the AA), has warned drivers about pedestrians undergoing 'iPod oblivion'. The AA has observed 'iPod zombie pedestrians' who enter a trance-like state when using MP3 players, phones and electronic organizers, which could be lethal for everyone on the road.

Edmund King, AA President, said: "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'.

AA Insurance reports that more drivers making claims for minor shunts are citing 'podestrians' or iPod wearing pedestrians as the cause.

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A study from the Pew Research Centre in the USA shows that 17% of adults owning mobiles have bumped into another person or object due to be being distracted by talking or texting on the phone.

With the new FaceTime capable iPod Touch launching soon, would the number of distractions on the road be in for a rise?

Are you an iPod zombie or have you faced one? We want to know; hit us up on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Via: AA