New York to Consider Fines for Distracted Walking

A state senator in New York thinks one way to lower the number of pedestrians killed every year is to penalize people who cross the street while looking at their phone.
May 20, 2019, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A bill banning texting while walking has been introduced to New York’s state senate," according to an article by Erum Salam.

"If the bill passes into law, New Yorkers can expect to be fined from $25 to $250 if police officers catch them “using a portable electronic device while crossing a roadway”."

 John Liu, the state senator who authored the bill, is quoted in the article, as is a dissenting opinion from Marco Conner, the interim executive director of Transportation Alternatives.

At least two cities—Honolulu and Montclair, California—have already implemented similar prohibitions.

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Published on Friday, May 17, 2019 in The Guardian
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