Wow, harsh and presumptuous words about the walking knitters not wearing seatbelts and allowing their kids to walk and knit, ie: irresponsible.
The fact of the matter is life is dangerous. Just about everything you do could result in some freak accident...And, the lady in this article wasn't even knitting while she was walking, her needles were in her bag.
To put in perspective, washing, drying, and putting away kitchen knives could be dangerous, a child in a classroom carrying his or her freshly sharpened pencil back to their seat could be dangerous, crossing a street could be dangerous, flying, driving, taking a train, eating, drinking, catching a cold, etc. is potentially dangerous.
The solution is common sense; using common sense to take the necessary precautions to lessen the chance of your actions/activities harming you or anyone else.
Any one of us could pick up our knitting needles, begin to walk over to the couch to sit down to knit but end up tripping and falling, being stabbed by our needles.
The solution is common sense. Use point protectors and never have the tip of the needle pointed towards you while holding them and moving.
I mean this argument could go so far...Knitting while a passenger in a car could be dangerous as well. Say you have a bit of a fender bender...Maybe the accident didn't cause much damage, but let's say, for some freak reason, the accident was enough to cause you to stab yourself with your knitting needles.
Life is a risk, plain and simple. It's all about using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to decrease the likelihood of your actions causing harm to yourself or others.