Proposed legislation could fine those texting while walking in New York


While drivers in New York cannot text while behind the wheel, the New York State Senate is working on legislation (via USA Today) that would ticket pedestrians crossing through a roadway while using their phone. The bill (S5746) was first proposed by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) and gained support from State Senator John C. Liu; first offenders could be fined $25 to $50.
The bill says that “No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any point while using any portable electronic device,” and notes that “It has been proven that distraction from texting while walking …

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