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Why 'iPod oblivion' could be lethal

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In Australia, they have dubbed it "iPod oblivion" and police say it can be lethal for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Many people use headphones or earphones to cut off the outside world and listen to music - and some authorities say this could be dangerous.

Ian Hardy looks at what is happening in the US and why this phenomenon is increasingly becoming the focus of road safety awareness campaigns around the world.

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