Avid texters beware: Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking.
“It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware,” said Thomas Ripoli, chief of the Fort Lee Police Department.
Ripoli said the borough, which is home to approximately 35,000 residents, has suffered three fatal pedestrian-involved accidents this year. He hopes his crackdown on people who display dangerous behavior while walking will make his town safer, but not everyone is on board with the idea of issuing $85 tickets.
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This is a really big problem and nuisance in South Korea. I have to constantly move out of the way of people walking and texting. However, it is not the texting that is the real problem. It’s all these folks walking around watching television on their smart phones. They’re the ones who have to watch out for when you are out and about. I’ve seen people walk across busy streets with their phones in front of their faces oblivious to traffic.
You know that line from Repo Man when Miller tells Otto, “the more you drive, the less intelligent you are?”
I think we can tweak it for our times. The more you text, the less intelligent you are.