React: Texting While Walking Could Land You In Jail in NJ

Text, post and send emails on your mobile device- but only if you are sitting stationary in New Jersey.

                 A new bill has been presented in New Jersey in which would ban smartphone users to walk and text. If apprehended, this could mean up to $50 fine, 15 days of imprisonment or both, which in the state of New Jersey is the same penalty as jaywalking. Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt has proposed a bill that would ban pedestrians from using communication devices like cellphones while walking along roads or public sidewalks, unless they are hands-free.

As if New Jersey had no otherpressing problems.

“Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road,” Lampitt said. “An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking and should be held, at minimum, to the same penalty.”

Fines collected will be used to go toward safety education-hmm, on safe walking? Lampitt cited a National Safety Council report that found 11,101 injuries were caused by distracted walking incidents involving cellphones from 2000 to 2011; mostly women.

A similar measure was proposed in New York but failed from becoming approved. It is possible New Jersey would take the same route since it was reported; law enforcement would be difficult to impose.

Now if we can only get an assemblywoman to propose a bill to de-criminalize marijuana.