Eyes on the phone screen, not the city street? It's a habit that's likely disappearing in Fort Lee, New Jersey. A ban on so-called "dangerous walkers" has police officers writing $85 jaywalking tickets for pedestrians caught texting while walking.
Ludicrous? Maybe not. Talking to the New York Daily News, police chief Thomas Ripoli cites the 20 cases so far in 2012 involving pedestrians struck by cars -- with three fatalities -- in his case for the crackdown. Researchers at New York's Stony Brook University found texting makes for a 60 percent increase in veering off course. Mix that meandering with city traffic and the consequences could be serious.
Texting while driving is already on its way out across the United States. Laws against texting while walking could be hitting the books outside of New Jersey soon. Is an $85 penalty too steep? Or is it a long overdue deterrent?
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