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New Jersey and other states seek to pass legislation making it illegal to text and walk

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New Jersey and other states seek to pass legislation making it illegal to text and walk
If a new proposal becomes law, those living in New Jersey will need to refrain from texting while walking. Failure to do so could result in a $50 fine, or 15-days in jail. New Jersey assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt recently introduced a measure that would ban texting while walking. Additionally, pedestrians trekking on public roads would not be allowed to use any electronic communications devices unless they were hands-free.

The potential punishment of $50 or 15-days in jail is the same received by jaywalkers in the state. 50% of the money generated by fines would be used to educate the public about the dangers of such "distracted walking." The behavior could be responsible for the increase in the percentage of U.S. fatalities credited to pedestrians which rose from 11% in 2005, to 15% in 2014.

Other states have tried and failed to pass bills that would punish distracted walkers. A bill that is awaiting a vote in Hawaii would fine a pedestrian $250 if he/she were to cross the street while using an electronic device. Bills similar to that one have already failed in Arkansas, Illinois, Nevada and New York.

Douglas Shinkle, transportation program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says that so far no states have passed legislation related to distracted bicyclists or pedestrians. But he notes that a few states keep trying to pass new legislation every year. Some see this as an example of the government overreaching, and wonder if cops will even have the time to enforce any new law put on the books.

Others point to a report from the National Safety Council that says there have been 11,101 injuries from cellphone related distracted walking from 2000 to 2011. Most of those injured were female under the age of 40. Most were talking on their phone at the time of their injury, while 12% were texting. 80% of the incidents involved the pedestrian falling, while 9% of the cases were related to the pedestrian running into something that wasn't moving. Injuries ranged from dislocations or fractures, to sprains or strains, and concussions or contusions. Lawmakers look at those stats and say that something must be done.

"Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road. An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking and should be held, at minimum, to the same penalty."-Pamela Lampitt, New Jersey assemblywoman

source: TheGuardian

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posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:29 7

1. tedkord (Posts: 12291; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


All the legislators in NJ are singing the revenue song and dancing as we speak.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 05:16

37. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


stupid ppl mostly women !

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:32 7

2. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I say we stop the people driving from texting, but leave the people walking and texting alone. That issue will straighten itself out eventually.

How about just leave random man hole covers off with a pit of alligators inside?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:38

3. Unordinary (Posts: 1954; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Welp, all I can say is, I hope Techie has the S7.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:43

4. WeezyF (Posts: 154; Member since: 09 Jul 2015)


nice one.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 23:35 3

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10688; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why? I don't like the Galaxy S anymore. Before the St Edge and Edge+, I hadn't owned an S, since the S3. I have an S4, but it's my wife's old phone. I just use it in the car to carry my tunes since it has an SD card slot and I was using it as a remote.

I don't know how your post relates to the article. Oh wait, most times they never do.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 00:32

30. Unordinary (Posts: 1954; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


It was a joke. Idgaf what you like lmao

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 04:05 3

35. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yes you do. If you honestly didn't care, you would have refrained from mentioning his name...right?

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 12:31

53. Unordinary (Posts: 1954; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I'd explain the joke but the ones with brains here understood just fine. Sorry for your disability

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:24

38. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


I've course you do.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 17:45 1

7. izim1 (Posts: 723; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I like the cut of your jib. I was just about to post pretty much the same thing. If it puts others at risk such as texting and driving then I'm all for making it illegal. But if it just puts the idiots at risk then let things be. I'm a firm believer of the "remove all warning signs and just let the problem sort itself out" philosophy.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 19:54 1

14. ibend (Posts: 5124; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


that will help to reduce stupid person's population, and earth will become a better place for all

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 23:36 4

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10688; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Especially since most of the idiots I see texting while walking have iPhone.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 23:38 3

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10688; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


After all, Tim Cook says they all love their phones to death, and that exactly where they all should. Even heading...."to death".

After all most people act like they are married to their phones so....until death do you part.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:26

39. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


It's common everywhere in EUROPEAN countries. Stupid dumbass idiots. With iphones.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:49 1

5. Tziggy14 (Posts: 455; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


I'm leaving this state in a few years once I have enough savings. The high property tax, the s**tty attitudes, high crime, and crazy traffic on the turnpike are taking a toll on my stress levels.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:01 2

8. joevsyou (Posts: 850; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


15 days for jay walking HAHAHA WTF?

Just other thing to give them a reason to stop you

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:25 2

9. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Leave it to a state that won't even allow you to pump your own gas.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:28

10. yyuu1000 (Posts: 217; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


There should be a fine for being stupid enough to make a law like this

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 19:14 3

11. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I think it's a good law you, can't see s**t if you're texting and walking, who know somebody may have avoided being hit by a car if they saw it coming.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 19:41

12. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


good law , what !!!!!!!! hey they shall not allow people to walk without a walking licence !! and you can get fined walking without it !

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 19:53

13. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


it is very stupid law just to collect money or any other stupid reason , one of them could be that people becoming idiots .
It is hard to get confirmation that someone was walking while texting it will be easy to fine anyone walking on the street with no reason plus it is not the only distraction there ,there's a lot of other distracting factors , if you had a bad day you will walk distracted as hell you should be fined too ,maybe stay at home !
it is a better idea also to ban smoking too ,also smoking while walking !, maybe making a law against drinking outside bars or while walking on streets .
drinking water too is illegal ! they should give us instructions , step aside sir , sit on pavement , open the bottle , then drink , when you are done , you are free to walk .
WT Hell ! are the people in NJ idiots !
they should warn people to walk undistracted in public because of smartphones or anything else to a certain limit , it will be so stressful to walk in a city like that having to think if they caught you looking at your phone , hell , that is like driving on your feet !

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 20:28 1

16. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Bro calm down, a law saying you can't walk while texting would be a good thing if done right and of course a cop should only say something to you if they actually see. those people that got hurt because they ran into something or fell because they were texting should get fined, did you not get punished for doing something stupid when you were a kid?

If you walk dictated because you are mad or had a bad day and you get hurt well that's on you because no one can stop you from getting mad or having a bad day, but getting hurt while walking and texting is just plain stupid.

There is a law against texting and driving so why shouldn't there be one against walking and texting because it's just as dangerous for you maybe even more dangerous.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:12 3

18. izim1 (Posts: 723; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Texting and driving puts others, innocent lives, at risk. "why shouldn't there be one against walking and texting because it's just as dangerous for you maybe even more dangerous" because it shouldn't be a government's responsibility to look out for you. What is it with grown people thinking it's everyone else's responsibility to look out for them? And yeah, before you bring it up, yeah I do think seatbelt laws and helmet laws are stupid. Just ways to bring in cash. Let stupid people kill themselves instead of polluting the human gene pool more with their genes. I wear both seatbelts and helmets because I'm not retarded and I've enough common sense. Not because the government forces me. If other grown people can't work out how to take care of themselves on their own then maybe this world isn't for them.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 22:00

20. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So the government of a country should look out for it's own people lol that's just stupid.

A life is a life, it doesn't matter if some people(most people acually) don't make great decisions by themselves like not wearing a helmet or seatbelt but that doesn't mean this world isn't for them or that they deserve to die for not being intelligent enough to make good decisions.

I don't agree with your point or that helmet and seatbelt laws are just to make money because they are to help save lives, people will do a smart thing more often if there is consequence for not doing it like going to jail or paying a fine.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 00:07

29. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10688; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Dude what world do you live in?
All.bad behavior has consequences, and it hasn't stopped bad behavior no will it.

Drunk drivers have paid fines and yet have been busted yet again for the same.

It will.stop for some but not all.

Oh and I actually agree with the guy you said you don't agree with. It takes maybe 10 seconds to cross a street, you you don't care enough about your life to put a phone down for 10 secs to safely cross a street, and you get hit by a car; then you deserve to die or be seriously injured.

I.say this for one reason. Your life is the most precious thing you own. When you die, it doesn't matter if your are the richest man in the world, your money can bring you back.

I've seen accidents that happened because some fool walked out into a street playing with their phone and a car crashed to avoid hitting them. I'm not going to crash my car to save you. If you walk.in front of me, I'm going to hit you. I will pull.over right away call 911 and wait for the cops to come. I won't leave a seen of an accident with an injury or death and got to jail for some fool who couldn't put their phone down for 10 secs.

Your life can't be replaced. Reincarnation is a myth at best. All it takes is one mistake and you can be gone. If you don't care nor should anyone else.

As another poster said, no don't make the laws even though I prefer they do. Time will handle the situation.

Females have it really bad. They act like the phone is actually their hand because it's always up to their face. The vast majority of people I see walking while using a phone in the street are women. Even the fool pushing a stroller with a kid in it. Their head is.in the phone while they cross. That's just stupid.

Just like fools should have kids, they should have a life either if they don't know how to take care of it properly.

Yoi.dont have to agree. Not wishing death on anyone. I am.lolong at the fact that people are selfish, they are careless and they are stulod.

I get so passed when people crossing the street are walking so slow because they want to text or talk. I've cussed many people and told them to get the hell out the street playing with your phone.

I've also pulled off as I got tired of trying to be nice and wait and they wanna drag their feet. I live for the day I see one of these fools get hit. I'm gonna get out an laugh my ass off at them. It will be no less than what they asked for.

If 10 secs of time is not important for you to pay attention, then you deserve what happens next. If that is death...so be it. So many have been hit by cars, trains and even buses. If this isn't enough to strike fear in you then no law is going to matter so why waste time an money because laws are a deterrent for stupid people.

After all smart people don't break laws, ignorant people do.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 00:44

32. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Such disregard for human life smh. The s**t you just said is pretty f**ked up. No one deserves to die for a stupid reason like texting.

People will never stop doing bad things or stupid thing all together but there are some who do stop or at the very least try harder to be a better person. I personally know someone who quit drinking because they went to jail for driving intoxicated and they didn't want that to happen again.

A law where you have to pay a fine or go to jail for 15 days if you get caught texting and crossing the street will no doubt get some people to quit doing it, which will result in less injury or worse from texting and walking.

LOL smart people don't break laws, that's a good one mate.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:31

40. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


"No one deserves to die by posting"

What the hell is wrong with Techie?

I definitely agree to Arch-Fiend.

Or it could be Techie is referring to iPhone users, which majority of them are stupid dumbass?

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 07:00 1

42. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


the point is I am not saying it is a good thing to text while walking , and you can't kill someone while walking by stepping on them , maximum you will get your head against a wall .
crossing the street when there is a green light while texting also is not dangerous , where I live you should only cross the street when there is a green light , or it is a walking zone then the car driver should be extra cautious and drive under 30 Km/h and it is his responsibility to look out for someone with a bicycle or a little kid or a man with a phone crossing. actually if you crossed the street elsewhere when you are not allowed and a got seen you will be fined with a phone or not .
the car driver should be cautious while driving if you don't have full view to see the street and the people crossing , you should not drive too fast and the speed limits will allow you to stop carefully without hurting anyone .
plus coming to the idea to crossing the street I could not imagine someone doing that in trafic except at a trafic light maybe .
so from the dangerous side of view ,if someone is shooting birds and bird got behind you and he still shoots you , the one with the gun is one to blame , so is the one with the car , unless he done all what is possible and some one was hiding behind a tree and suddenly jumps on the street to be hit by a car, and I think in city under 30 and 50 Km/h speed , it will be fairly easy to avoid that . so I don't see making an issue of texting .
it shall be banned because of other reasons that people who text the whole day somewhere in their life will forget how to use their mouth to produce words :D and will have mental problems from excessive texting like excessive drinking .

and the other point as I said it is hard to confirm such a thing , and it takes a little bit races or hate and you can hunt people on the street and jail them for 15 days for no reason just for fun .so if a cop don't like some one easily track him till he crosses a street as easy as that , so giving police more power and more reasons to justify any thing .

I see rather people distracted by GPS ,smartphones or other stuff while driving more often than people walking while texting .
so there is nothing dangerous , so if someone got hit while texting or caused an accident should be checked for alcohol or mental issues not because he was texting ,at worst cases the human being is not that idiot to think he is walking on water , while texting he knows whats going on and should look from time to time around to check , so if anyone saw someone got hit because he was texting it is mostly he was drinking too .

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 11:10

52. izim1 (Posts: 723; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Thinking it's the government's job to babysit you is beyond sad. You not being able to see that, just takes it to a whole other level of pathetic. Basically what you're saying is once mommy and daddy throw you out of their home it's the government's job to take over the "wiping you ass for you" duties.... Good god, man...

And no. A life is not a life and you people are one of the worst things that has happened to this planet and human civilization. Shooting Darwinism right in the nuts and face. It's no longer survival of the fittest, now it's protect all the weak and damaged and overpopulate this world past its breaking point. My life is most definitely absolutely without a doubt worth a hell of a lot more than a rapist or murderer. And definitely worth more than someone who thinks it should be the government's job to make sure they don't do anything stupid that could seriously injure them or kill them. What you're saying is if it wasn't illegal for you to try and run across a busy freeway you'd totally be doing it... Wow...

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