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New Jersey Town Begins Fining Pedestrians for Texting While Walking

by Todd Haselton | May 14, 2012May 14, 2012 6:00 pm PDT

Texting While Walking

A New Jersey town is trying to prevent the number of people who walk into trees, poles and other various objects while texting. To be specific, Fort Lee recently started to fine pedestrians who decide to text while walking. More than 20 people have been hit by cars in the town in 2012, police in the town told BBC. “It’s a big distraction,” chief of the Fort Lee Police Department explained. “Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware.”

Two professors in New York have also created an experiment to show how dangerous it is to text while walking. The professors found that 60 percent of those tested were swerving while texting in a test that asked pedestrians to walk a in a straight line while their eyes were covered so that all they could see was a cell phone. That test seems a bit flawed to us, however. We’re not saying that we’re experts at texting-while-walking, but it’s not that hard if you take just a few seconds to look up every now and then.

As for the fines in Fort Lee? The town is ticketing texters as much as $80 and has already ticketed 117 texters in just 6 weeks.

[via BBC]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...