Ban on cell phone use while walking proposed in New Jersey [telecom]

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a bill proposed this week by NJ 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.

A report released in 2015 by the Governors Highway Safety Association found an increase in pedestrian fatalities, and cited texting while walking as partly to blame. 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.

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Personal observation: I do see many pedestrians totally distracted while talking or texting on their cell phones, and sometimes walking right out into traffic. However, I don't agree with a law banning it.

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