A rise in jaywalking combined with 20 incidents of cars hitting pedestrians so far this year, has led Ft. Lee NJ police to clamp down on those texting while walking. The cops are now handing out tickets to those moving their thumbs and feet at the same time. Sue Choe, a Ft. Lee resident, says that while she does text and walk "all the time," she continually looks all around and does not constantly keep her head down. According to the cops, Choe would be put on the top of their Most Wanted list. Ft. Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli said about these jaywalking texters, "It's a big distraction. Pedestrians aren't watching where they're
going. They're not aware."
FLPD is cracking down and are looking out for "dangerous" walkers who are distracted and not following the rules of the road. Pamphlets have been disseminated with information about the new focus on texting and walking. Those found in violation of the law can be fined as much as $85 and in the last 6 weeks, there have been 117 tickets issued.
2.tedkord(Posts: 10704; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Another proud moment for my home state, The Socialist Republic of New Jersey, where we never met a tax, fee or fine we didn't love. Don't fool yourself, this is all about the town's coffers, not safety.
This is a serious problem! A friend of mine was texting and walking, tripped over a curb, and broke his arm in two places. He too focused on trying to type on his tiny iPhone screen to notice the curb... or it was because he was highly intoxicated... maybe both.
This is just ridiculous. People need to stop getting so distracted by their phones, and the Police Officers need to find something better to do. To put someone on a Most Wanted list for texting and walking just shows that the cops have too much free time or don't want to put much effort in fighting actual crime.
Talk about dumb laws already in the books, here's another one that proves humanity still doesn't learn a damn thing from the past. This should interesting, what about people who are using their MP3 players and searching for a tune while walking want to ticket them too? Can't say I'm surprised as it is NJ we are talking about here, the same place where the highway sign placement looks like it was set by a bunch of drunks, leading people to get lost, NJ should be fined for inept sign placement instead.
18.axllebeer(Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
I gotta call BS on this one. Not that I don't believe it, but that it's BS! Here's a better idea:
If you for some reason feel it more important to txt or whatever on your phone and just walk out into traffic, then I say let everyone do it and decrease the surplus population! It's like the helmet law sort of in a way.
"We're going to force you to wear this little hat because you won't do it yourself to protect your poorly functioning brain that apparently doesn't want to protect the cracking of the skull that it's in. "
Really? As someone else stated, there are other things to do...
As your name indicates....you are clueless....my DROID RAZR actually sends out SMS faster than the wife's iphone 4S, and I can create a people widget where I can just tap and text even faster...smoke on that, loser.
It is a dumb law, but it is for dumb people who do this...I see it at work and on the streets and I have seen a guy text and walk and almost get hit by a car...if someone in a car cannot text and drive, then a pedestrian who is on the streets at street corners, walking, should have the same rules, as well as a normal bicyclist.
Now, if you are on your lawn, then the rule would not apply, I would think.
Again, dumb law...but, look what the human race does, nowadays....