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Watch what happens when 1,500 people text and walk at the same time

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    Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:30 PM -

    Check out one of YouTube's latest viral videos, straight out of Japan.

    Since being uploaded on March 27, 2014, the public service announcement has racked up more than 1.4 million views.

    Created by mobile carrier NTT Docomo, the film uses statistics compiled by professor Kazuhiro Kozuka in an attempt to demonstrate what would happen if 1500 people texted and walked through Shibuya Crossing, a busy intersection in Tokyo.

    Only 547 people would make it across the street successfully, Yahoo News reports.

    Professor Kozuka predicts there would be 446 collisions, 103 tips and falls and 21 people who would drop their phone.

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    All in all, about 20 per cent of people who walk and text wind up in some sort of accident, according to NTT Docomo.

    "Docomo continues to undertake various educational activities to prevent texting while walking, including websites and advertising, a mobile phone safety class, and a texting while walking prevention function for smartphones," NTT Docomo said in a press release.

    "We will continue to strive to build an environment where our customers can use their smartphones in a safer and more secure manner."

    Texting and walking accidents can be serious.

    Check this security cam video that made headlines a few years back.

    Clearly, texting and shopping centre fountains are not a good mix.

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