NJ town bans texting while walking

NJ town bans texting while walking
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.

source: NYPost




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23 Comments

1. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

WTF!! really.. the smarter the phone the dumber the person i guess!

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Then they also should ban beautiful girls because they distract my attention also. :D

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Agreed. They should banish Snooky,though!!! lol.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You mean, Snooki wants smoosh smoosh? LOL :D http://goo.gl/1AXo

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

they should ban the hole jersey shore crew.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If you can't texting while walking, you still can texting while running. LOL! :D

2. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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.

4. GeekMovement unregistered

Wow! ... i always watch where I'm going or I just stop briefly to text and then keep walking, but i never really trip or bump or get hit by anything... interesting.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, the same with me.

5. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

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.

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lol this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Just a way to bank on every stupid thing. I can see it now. "Police officer stops his car in the middle of the road and gets out of his car." SIR YOU NEED TO STOP WALKING RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN'T TEXT AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME, THATS AGAINST THE LAW. HERE'S A TICKET! What if you are using a tablet and browsing the web? What if you are simply LOOKING at your phone and a cop thinks you are texting so he gives you a ticket? That my friends, is BS.

12. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

This is funny! I was just talking about people put too much attention on texting and then running into things the other day to my friends.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

All this situation reminds me this episode of Sauth Park (Faith Hilling):http://goo.gl/MefTC

14. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

this has already happened in central ohio.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Are u shyting me? 85$ for walk n text? They SHOULD BAN TEXT DRIVING all togther. The city govt are a bunch of dumb a$$e$..

17. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 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...

19. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Stupid Android device doing things slowly causing such accidents!! Damn it, you are affecting the rest of iOS/WP users that smoke you in terms of speed.

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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.

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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....

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

easy fix...just stop walking and then text.

23. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Yes. Exactly my point. Much more straight to the point than the other thing I said but this is the solution, another law that should never have been needed.

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