A bill proposed this week by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) would impose a fine of up to $50 and possibly 15 days in jail for pedestrians caught using their cellphones without hands-free devices while walking on public sidewalks and along roadways.

If the bill becomes law, “petextrians” – people who text while walking – would face the same penalties as jaywalkers in New Jersey.

“I see it every single day,” Lampitt said Friday. “Maybe they will think twice about it.” Since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 15 percent to 4,735 in 2013, the report said. Nearly two million pedestrian injuries were related to cellphone use, the report said.texting

Another study, from Safe Kids Worldwide, a Washington-based nonprofit, found that 40 percent of teens said they had been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike, or motorcycle while walking.

The survey of more than 1,000 children between ages 13 and 18 found that 47 percent of those who said they were hit or almost hit were listening to music, 20 percent were talking on the phone, and 18 percent were texting, researchers said.

In a world populated with idiots, the banning of risky behavior has its downside.

  1. Phone-Head says:

    At least they’re not talking about taxing our wireless devices (again). Though, I can see it now. The rational will be something like, “in order to patrol our non-free walk-and-talk ‘zones’ there needs to be a tax in order to pay for the cops who do the patrolling.”

    …As if any tax-supported cops are Mafia-types who require ‘insurance payments’ to make sure nothing bad happens to you. Or that any fines wouldn’t cover the increased workload. Never mind any concept of doing your JOB!

  2. Mike says:

    Must not be much for lawmakers to do in the great state of New Jersey.

  3. Mr Diesel - Trump or Cruz is Fine with Me says:

    Actually, make the fine $500 and loss of your phone for a year and I’ll back it nationwide. I’m tired of scraping these dumbasses that walk and text off the front of my vehicles.

  4. spsffan says:

    Of course, using a hand held phone while driving has been illegal here in California for years now. When I’m out walking, I usually can count about 50% of the drivers doing so on any given day.

    So, they can pass all the laws and fines they want. Without enforcement, it’s just paper.

  5. Text Nazi says:

    (And no gum chewing while walking either.)

    Will the fines cover the administrative costs of Assemblywoman Lampitt’s bill??


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