New law bans pedestrians from texting and walking

New law bans pedestrians from texting and walking

California recently adopted the law of no talking on the phone while driving, which many found to be absurd and redundant, but how will citizens react to being fined for walking and texting at the same time.

In the state of New Jersey, citizens of Fort Lee were recently issued jaywalking tickets if seen texting and walking at the same time.

“I think it is unnecessary and nobody is going to spend time to sit down just to text,” commented Carlmont junior Brent Tom.

“I think it’s ridiculous, because people walk and text all the time and there would be no reasonable way to enforce it. I don’t see how walking and texting at the same time can be something that requires regulation,” agreed Carlmont senior Nathan Galicia.

Fort Lee Police Department believes that texting distracts a pedestrian and will lead to many dangerous accidents. Also, two professors at Stony Brook University have found that pedestrians that are texting and walking have a 60 percent higher chance of going off course.

Thomas Ripoli, chief of the Fort Lee Police Department, believes that such law will ultimately make the town safer.

However many disagree and believe that such a large fine is too overboard.

“I understand the safety reasons behind wanting to implement a fine for texting while walking; however I think that this approach would ultimately be unsuccessful in achieving its purpose. Although riving while on the phone is illegal, many people disregard the consequences of disobeying this law. The law will have no effect and would be difficult to control,” said Carlmont junior Taylor Choye.

With already more than 100 tickets issued in Fort Lee, will this law spread and be implemented in cities such as Belmont?



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