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

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.


source: TheGuardian

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38 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

37. MSi_GS70 unregistered

stupid ppl mostly women !

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 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?

3. Unordinary unregistered

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

4. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

nice one.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

30. Unordinary unregistered

It was a joke. Idgaf what you like lmao

38. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

I've course you do.

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

15 days for jay walking HAHAHA WTF? Just other thing to give them a reason to stop you

9. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

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

10. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

12. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

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

13. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 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 !

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

34. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Distracted****** not dictated lol.

43. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

man, cops are not my parents , my parents don't send me to jail or take money from me . they also don't stop me for no reason while walking to the kitchen ! where I live it is law not to drive if you are tired or mad . actually if you are in a hurry or mad you will mostly cause an accident with a car or without ! so they should ban also walking in a hurry ! speed limit for walking is the solution :D ! maybe eating a chocolate while walking could cause death too ! man you can't compare a cell phone or a chocolate with a car ! actually if you hit someone will texting your smartphone screen will be broken and you will be the one with damage ! and I don't see that my legs are dangerous as 1000 kg piece of metal hitting me at 50 km/h maybe be we should wear a seatbelt while walking too .

15. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

If you can't text and walk, then there are so many others things you cant do while walking... Let's ban everything while you walk.

17. OrigPhoneGeek

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

How about just changing pedestrian laws so that if are walking and texting and you walk out in front of a car and cause an accident you, or your estate if you're killed, are liable for any damages to cars, property, and injuries.

19. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Give this man a cookie.

62. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I feel like that could backfire and people would start claiming anyone they hit was on their phone. I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in a society where I have to look over my shoulder for fear of being arrested just for using my phone. Just take a second and think about how stupid that is. The best thing would be is to make it illegal to text while crossing the street, and if you are caught doing it, the cop confiscates your phone and you then are forced to pick it up at the station and pay a small fine to retrieve it. That way, next time you're texting you'll think about what an inconvenience it was to have to get your phone back, boom bam done.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think they need to pass ot, not that it would matter. I can't even count how many people I see walk 1rigjt out intonth3 street and don't even loonatvtraffic. Several.have just walked right out in from of me. I've seen people here in a Chicago get hit by bike messengers because the person walking just walked out in front of them. Most people today even without a.phome in hand, take it for granted that pedestrians always have the right of way. Many don't even look both ways before even walking into the street, they just think cars will.just stop. I can wait to see some fool on their phone get hit by a car. If I witness it and it was because their phone was more eimportant, getting out and laughing in their face and tell them that is exactly what you deserve. People have gotten so stupid with phomes. Put the phone doen, look both ways and then cross and you can use your phone. We are only taking 5 seconds of your lofe. If you don't care about your own life, then why should i. Youndeserve to get injured or even death. Even the idiots who. Ant put a phone down when the plane is taking off or landing. Even if their is no realm proof phone usage could bring down a plane, is it worth the risk? After all miss something happens no one can fly through plane but the pilots, it only takes maybe 20 mons or less for a plan to land. Put the phone down. Whoever is waiting will.still be waiting. Females especially act like the phone is actually physically part of their body. Young men have it bad too. No call is worth your lofe, they can wait. If you die no one can. Ring you back. You would think a person which on a erase weights less than 200 lbs, would care enough to not want to get hit by a car or worse.

47. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

there are solutions there to what you 've said ,none of them relate to ban anything . there is a lane for cars another for bikes and another for walking, and the cyclist should be careful and not moving so fast around people especially the ones with earphones or smartphones ! and keeping some safe distance . so entering the bike lane you should take care like crossing the street . crossing the streets at allowed positions and signs ! even distracted will cause no problem the car driver know to slow down at the signs . any problem caused by not following the rules has nothing to do with smartphones it will be punished with or without smartphone, so the smartphone itself is not the problem , it is the behavior of people. if someone crossed the street not looking it is not the phone ,he crossed middle of the street not cautious with or without the phone he took the risk , and should take all the responsibility , but too the car driver should not be making a mistake and done all his best to avoid this man crossing , if the situation got through with no death the man crossing the street should be fined too . I don't see the smartphone factor here , as it belongs to personal preferences ,and it doesn't give you the right to hit a man crossing the street . if you are walking down the street and someone stopped in front of you , you don't push him a side and say you deserve it because you were standing in my walking lane . if you was talking to your friend and suddenly someone stopped and you hit him you will say I'm sorry , I didn't see you . and if someone is running in front of you and hits you , he will apologise to you . so I don't see someone running in front of a car while texting ! actually the act of crossing is the problem not what I am doing while crossing ! I mean at the end , that it can happens I know but not to a point to make a law for it ! it like making a law for every single event that happens in life .

63. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

Your rampant typos are indicative of texting and driving. The smell of hypocrisy in the morning!

23. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

This is practically insanity. If you're walking in a residential neighborhood on the sidewalk and texting, you could be ticketed? That's definitely the government overstepping. You might as well make walking with your shoes untied a ticketable offense as well because that's SUPER dangerous as well. It's funny that they try to push a law like this, but when it comes to guns, a device whose sole intention is to basically end lives, is legal. I'm just drawing a comparison to a harmless device versus a weapon.

51. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

27. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

if they're banning walking and txting,.. why not allow walking and being naked so eyes will look forwrd..lol.

31. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I text while walking but not while crossing.. It's on the person's discretion if he/she wants to keep themselves safe from harm

44. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

no the country should help keeping everyone safe as possible ! but texting while walking ! the most dangerous thing you can do is to break your phone , other than that anything could possibly happen while walking holding a phone or not . you can fall and break your neck from high heels or looking to a side or talking to someone while walking or any other things distracting from the walking activity .

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