New Jersey assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt proposed the ban on walking while texting no matter what the electronic communication device – unless, of course, they are hands-free. Those who engage in this type of walking and are caught could face the same fines as people who jaywalk, which is up to $50 and as many as 15 days of imprisonment. The fine is used for a good cause, however; the proceeds will go to educating pedestrians on the dangers of walking while texting.
Is This the Start of New Legislation?
Unfortunately, these same laws have been proposed in many other states and denied, such as Arkansas, Illinois, Nevada, and New York. People believe that the government should not intervene in the citizen’s lifestyle this way, however, many other people believe that the laws are good and should be utilized to save lives. Not only does a pedestrian walking while texting pose a hazard to themselves but also to other drivers on the road. In the future, we may see other legislation putting bans on walking while texting – but for now New Jersey remains the one state. (1)
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