Pedestrians Can Be Fined for Walking while TextingAdded: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
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A state assemblywoman recently proposed a “distracted walking” measure. If it becomes a law, many pedestrians using their mobile devices on the street could face fines or even jail time.
When listening to music, talking on the phone or texting while walking around, people can hurt themselves – walk into poles or trip over a big crack in the sidewalk. Indeed, distracted walking today is an ever-increasing problem, because in our days people of all ages are more dependent on electronic devices. According to the experts, pedestrian deaths have been rising – if a decade ago 11% of all US fatalities involved pedestrians, now this number rose to 15%.
This rise in deaths urged some states to introduce bills targeting pedestrians and/or bicyclists. For example, a bill pending in Hawaii would fine a pedestrian $250 for crossing the street while operating an electronic device. Similar bills have failed in such states as New York, Illinois, Nevada and Arkansas. So, in fact, no states have yet enacted a law targeting distracted bicyclists or pedestrians, but such bills are introduced every year.
In New Jersey, assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt recently introduced a similar measure that banned walking while texting. The proposed bill would only allow pedestrians on public roads to use mobile devices if they are hands-free or face fines of up to $50 and/or 15 days imprisonment (the same penalty as jaywalking). She also suggested to allocate half of the fine to safety education about the dangers of walking and texting.
The suggestion met different reaction, with some people seeing it as an unnecessary government overreach, and others understanding the reasoning behind it. Anyway, most agreed that people need to be made aware of the problem, because distracted pedestrians present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road. However, the critics of the measure doubt that it can be enforced consistently by police officers who usually have more important matters to deal with. They believe that the better approach would be distracted-walking education.
In the meantime, the assemblywoman believes that the measure is needed to dissuade and penalize “risky behavior”, citing a National Safety Council report reading that distracted walking incidents involving electronic devices accounted for more than 11,000 injuries for the last decade.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
|Remember the bad cop in one of the Terminator flicks that was made of a liquid metal and he made his finger in to a long point, like a needle, and stuck it in somebody? I long to do that sometimes when someone is walking right towards me and totally going to walk in to me if I don't move or stop for them. Just stand there, make the big needle, and watch the fun unfold. Damn Police would do me though. Kill joys. Bwahh hhaa haaa aaaaa.|
|No, they can't be fined, stop with the bullshit headlines|
Some politician has introduced a bill to do that, but as the article itself points out these bills have never passed.
|I think "bubble wrap" clothing would solve this problem...lol|
|Just another top down FU tax|
|posted by (2016-03-31 06:02:20)|
|HELLO! What about deaf people?!|
|LMAO oh no they're gonna fine people for nothing. This is not news. Some of these glorified babysitters need to be fired.|
|posted by (2016-03-31 14:50:15)|
|Good idea. That will make people lift their head again and see their suroundings instead of looking at the floor...|
|good idea.Maybe this way people will wake up in the real world again.You only need a phone to call and text and nothing else.If you use it for facebook your clearly addicted to it and need a phone that doesn't have internet if you can't wait til you get home to go on it.If you use it for games you clearly have not grown up yet.|
|If it did become a law it would be just one more BS reason for the cops to harass peeps|
|Thanks for the article Sam. I 100% agree with @11. I couldn't believe this BS when I heard people talking about this insanity. I'm all for no texting while driving but walking? Come on Man!! One by one our rights are being trampled upon. If some idiot is stupid enough to walk in front of a bus while texting that's his right. Right? lol Thanks again for the update in the "New American Common Law" aka Stupidity.||
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