New Jersey May Criminalize Texting While Walking

ABC News



Texting while walking in public, has become a public nuisance. On Monday, March 14, a bill sponsored by Pamela Lampitt, Democratic Assemblywoman, may make it illegal to walk and text in New Jersey.  The penalty carries a fine of up to $50, or 15 days in jail.

Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road. A pedestrian distracted by their device and unaware of oncoming traffic may cause unsuspecting drivers to brake suddenly, or swerve out of the way, creating a potentially deadly situation.  Pamela Lampitt

Here are some comments from readers, about the proposed legislation.

“Remember the time when you would be sitting in the train could actually look at people and they would look and smile back? Now they are all bend over glaring at their stupid smartphone. Smartphones truly ruined the world.”

“If the fear of death doesn’t stop people from texting while walking, why would the abstract fear of prison stop them?”

“Agreed but I would say a fine is enough. Locking people up is heavy handed.”

“People throw their lives away with their obsession for text. Nothing is more important then stupid text. It is sad that there is a law needed against stupidity.”

“I don’t know how many times I have witnessed stupid people walking across the road while texting, and nearly getting squashed.  I agree with this, but to lock people up is going too far.”

“Since it’s illegal to text while driving, why not while walking? The majority of people can’t walk and text in a straight line, which is unsafe.”

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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