S.F. police, students to raise awareness of dangers of distracted walking, driving 

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In San Francisco, using your cellphone while walking can be just as dangerous as doing so while driving.

An increasing number of cellphone robberies and pedestrian-involved traffic accidents in The City has led to a campaign against distracted driving and walking. On Thursday, members of the Taraval Police Station community advisory board and students from Lincoln High School are expected to pass out information cards warning pedestrians about the perils of being preoccupied with electronic devices.

One side of the card warns about traffic tragedies and the other about robberies.

Robberies in particular have been a major problem in tech-centric San Francisco, where many people have smartphones that are valuable on the black market.

The devices were involved in half The City’s robberies last year, according to police figures.

Pedestrian accidents also have continued to be an issue, with nine fatalities in The City already this year. That pace would exceed last year’s 20.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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