US town to make texting while walking illegal. Really!

By , May 13, 2012

We all know that texting while driving is a huge safety risk and illegal in most countries and states, but what about texting while walking? Is that dangerous, too? Maybe this is the perfect ad for Apple’s Siri?

If you’ve ever walked into a lamp post whilst sending a message – come on, admit it – then you’ll probably say yes, but we doubt most would agree. If you happen to be passing through one US town though, texting while working could actually land you in trouble and hurt your wallet to boot.

Fort Lee, New Jersey, is set to be the first to ban texting while walking, with a fine being levied against those that flout the law. No, really…

The justification actually makes a worrying amount of sense. According to the local police department, the town is seeing ever increasing numbers of people jaywalking because they are using their phones. With twenty people being hit by cars so far this year, the numbers suggest that there is an issue to be dealt with and fines appear to be the weapon of choice.

According to Fort Lee Police chief Thomas Ripoli, ”it’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they’re going. They’re not aware.”

And handing out fines to people using their phones is much easier than doing other police work, too. You know, like catching burglars and such.

They do realize they’re a month late for April Fools, right?

[Sky News]

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  • Anonymous

    OMG

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JFDZXSTUH2HWGIM6NSZX66KWA Kurt

      to top it off, its about an $85 fine… a few days ago when i saw the video for this the journalists said the town already fined around 100 people…so thats a quick $8,500.

    • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

      Just another way to squeeze money out of people.

  • http://twitter.com/DofD10 Alexander K

    Makes seens to me
    Once i nearly run over a guy with my car because he was so busy texting
    So why not, i mean they bring themself and other people in danger..

    • Falk M.

      Exactly. Any slightly dangerous activity by humans should be illegal.
      So, sell your car, next week nobody will want to own those legally useless things anymore!

      (Reader’s advice: Sarcasm has been used to some extent.)

  • http://www.3sixtydegreescouting.com/ Greg Braddock

    I say good! I can’t tell you how many idiots just appear from behind parked cars and aimlessly walk out into the street while texting. People want freedom and liberty which in most cases means they wanna be stupid and able to sue someone who hits their asses who clearly couldn’t have seen them coming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602498692 Benn Steward

    so they’re going to start fining young kids?

  • http://twitter.com/aamir__mir Aamir Mir 

    tghey should make people use the text app that uses your camera so you can see where you are going when texting

  • http://twitter.com/amad_ahmed01 Amad

    Its scam to make money for the local govement or the people there are so dumb that the goverment had to step in and take action. They must of had few cases of dumb asses get run over while texting.

    • http://tavlen.tk/ Mathias Lindberg

      I agree, you have to be an idiot to not notice where you’re walking. Usually you only text when you’re sure that it won’t conflict with any object and you usually walk a lot slower when texting.

      • http://www.3sixtydegreescouting.com/ Greg Braddock

        I’m sure it’s the same in every major city but I live in Baltimore and I cannot tell you about the swarms and mindless drones walking around texting. They bump into you, they walk in front of cars and look at you like you’re driving in the wrong place. It’s supremely annoying!

      • http://twitter.com/Freducken Alfredo Arredondo

        You are right that you’d have to be an idiot, and you’d be surprised how many idiots there are out there! Laws are not meant to punish rational and by the book folks, they are meant to punish idiots.

  • http://yoursn0w.com Ali Wadi

    Second paragraph is that working or walking?

    ” texting while ‘working’ could actually land you in trouble and hurt your wallet to boot.”

  • http://tavlen.tk/ Mathias Lindberg

    This seems to be location based. There’s a huge difference between walking and texting in the big city and in a tiny city.

  • http://twitter.com/WolfdiAsari Wolf di Asari

    As a Driver, i say that banning and fining for it is non-sense. They should encourage not texting and walking, funny is if I hit a guy that was crossing a street light with the stop predestrian sign while texting, then i would get sued.

  • http://twitter.com/WolfdiAsari Wolf di Asari

    As a Driver, i say that banning and fining for it is non-sense. They should encourage not texting and walking, funny is if I hit a guy that was crossing a street light with the stop predestrian sign while texting, then i would get sued.

  • http://twitter.com/talk2wei Wei Wu

    Good!

  • Anonymous

    totally, this is weird. whats next?? … looking at your mobile when outside your office or residence!!! hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/Dongiuj DonGiuj

    Want to communicate with your friends/family while walking? That’s $85 please!

  • http://twitter.com/ElGatoQueHabla El Gato

    And what if im not texteing, but reading an iDB article?

    • http://twitter.com/DofD10 Alexander K

      seems legit :P

  • http://twitter.com/drewstone2 drewstone

    another reason New Jersey is considered the arm pit of America

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593896663 John Smith

    Save some time, just make it so cops can take your wallet for your own protection.

  • Anonymous

    WOW!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/aomia syler

    It’s just a matter of time before they tell you when and how to take a crap.
    Freedom is not free anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    ‘Dude, I gotta text someone, so walk a bit ahead of me and to the side and cover me while watching out for the popo.’

    What’s next? No texting while shitting? This is more idiotic than states that dont allow drivers to pump their own gas.

  • http://twitter.com/Freducken Alfredo Arredondo

    I say good! Too many pedestrians in my town do not know how to cross the street and are constantly texting at the same time. If texting in the car has been shown to be as bad as driving drunk, then walking and texting should be treated as seriously as walking drunk. Too many people get themselves hurt by not paying attention. My two cents.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6QZVVBOSMHGIO7UJMD75P76D4 .

    revenue makers, leave mongol-town alone. let them walk and text. who cares. nobody does. believe me, we don’t care if they walk and text. what about outsiders? i don’t llive in Fort lee but if i happen to be walking and texting there and don’t know their stupid revenue-making laws how am i getting a ticket? fucking absurd! find other ways to fund your retirement plans and endless government benefits.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6QZVVBOSMHGIO7UJMD75P76D4 .

    does it mean one must stop completely, look left and right for pedestrian traffic, assuming one does not cross the street, then proceed texting? how exactly does this revenue-making law work?

    i hope they won’t make any money with their stupid laws.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    Every website that has posted this news has gotten it wrong. It’s J-walking while texting not walking while texting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=801804921 Gerard Hampton

    Nonsense?
    Google “hit by car while texting” an article about a kid getting hit by a car in america should come up from 2008. people havent gotten any smarter especially in america so it makes sense to try and save some of these dumb asses lives. like any fines people will say its revenue raising, till their kid dies in an accident of course.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that this makes absolutely no sense at all…….in any way shape or form.
    Like a previous poster said………People should be fined for jaywalking. Not walking while texting AND jaywalking. It’s just a way to charge you for 2 things instead of one.LOL

    I know if i had gotten a jaywalking fine, that wouldn’t make me stop texting and walking……….It would make me stop for 2 seconds to look at traffic before i cross the street, regardless of whether I was texting while walking or not.lol

    This is absolutely NOTHING MORE then another way to get money of there citizens.

    A fine for texting while walking…….All I got to say to that is just “WOW!”. the definition of ridiculous law.lol

  • Falk M.

    Next week in “New and Noteworthy” in Apple’s App Store:
    “Cop alarm”
    Uses your devices cameras to detect police around you to warn you whilst texting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hordemaster Ariel Carmona

    I thought this was America not Gestapo Germany

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513182277 Tony Jetton

    If this is true, then they should also ban fat people from enter fast food restaurants and also ban old people from driving. Freals! Me for mayor?? I think so. ah!

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering when this time would come! its as if people have become so “connected” to this other world that they dont even know what is going on right in front of them. People have become so disconnected with reality , and i really think its sad! You dont see people having intimate conversation anymore, for example i work in a restaurant on the strip in las vegas and 99% of people have those damn things glued to their hands, nevermind the fact that you have groups of people going out to eat with each other and no one talks to each other anymore! THEY ARE ALL ON THEIR PHONES!!! its pathetic!! Also i find it extremely rude going to greet a table and no one looks up to say hello because they are too busy playing guess what picture im drawing. i absoutely hate the fact that when i go out or go to work, i have to dodge out of the way of these idiots on their phone becuse they cant even walk to the shitter without their precious iphone . I say its a great idea, fine their asses!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering when this time would come! its as if people have become so “connected” to this other world that they dont even know what is going on right in front of them. People have become so disconnected with reality , and i really think its sad! You dont see people having intimate conversation anymore, for example i work in a restaurant on the strip in las vegas and 99% of people have those damn things glued to their hands, nevermind the fact that you have groups of people going out to eat with each other and no one talks to each other anymore! THEY ARE ALL ON THEIR PHONES!!! its pathetic!! Also i find it extremely rude going to greet a table and no one looks up to say hello because they are too busy playing guess what picture im drawing. i absoutely hate the fact that when i go out or go to work, i have to dodge out of the way of these idiots on their phone becuse they cant even walk to the shitter without their precious iphone . I say its a great idea, fine their asses!!!!