New Jersey may start fining people for walking and texting
The state of New Jersey is considering a bill that would make texting while walking a punishable offence if deemed dangerous to others.
We’re used to the idea of it being illegal to drive while texting, but pedestrians in New Jersey may have to restrain from texting while walking in the near future.
A new bill in the US state of New Jersey is proposing to make texting while walking a punishable offence. Offenders could be slapped with fines of up to $50 or even face 15 days in jail, both of which are the same penalties for jaywalking.
Pamela Lampitt, the state assemblywoman who introduced the bill, argues that distracted pedestrians “present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road,” just like a distracted driver.
She pointed to a National Safety Council report, which says distracted walking incidents involving mobile phones accounted for around 11,101 injuries in the US from 2000 through 2011.
A town in New Jersey, Fort Lee, already fines people for texting and walking if it is deemed to be dangerous to those around them. The state of New Jersey may soon follow in this town’s footsteps.