New Jersey considers ‘distracted walking’ ban

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TRENTON, N.J. — A state lawmaker in New Jersey wants to criminalize texting while walking in traffic.

The proposed “distracted walking” bill would impose a fine of up to $50 dollars, 15 days in jail, or both. That’s the same as the current fine for jaywalking. The measure was recently introduced by General Assembly member Pamela Lampit.

15 percent of traffic deaths involve pedestrians. Pedestrians would still be allowed to use hands-free devices on public roads.   

Similar bills against texting while walking have failed in Illinois, New York, Arkansas and Nevada.

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