A texting while walking ban has been proposed by a lawmaker in Nevada.
According to the the Las Vegas Review Journal, Harvey Munford introduced a bill this week that would make it illegal to text and walk across the street at the same time. Munford said that Assembly Bill 123 could be applied to city streets, state roads, and residential areas.
Mumford the La Times:
“I was just amazed by what I saw… So many people are almost oblivious. They are texting and texting, totally unaware as they cross even six-lane highways… When kids get out of school, where they’ve been banned from using their phones all day, they go immediately to their texts… I’ve seen several close calls myself where people have almost been hit. Kids are so addicted to those things. It’s almost become a plague.”
Nevada’s texting while walking ban may seem strange but it isn’t the first attempt to punish oblivious pedestrians. Fort Lee, New Jersey already has a ban on walking while texting and officials in Seattle are considering imposing their own ban.
News 10 reports that if the bill passes, pedestrians in Nevada will be given a warning for their first offense, a $100 fine for their second, and a $250 for their third walking while texting infraction.
Mumford cited a Seattle study which concluded that texting was a risky pedestrian behavior to justify his bill but you don’t need a fancy study to witness the dangers of oblivious walking. Let’s turn to the video evidence.
Here’s a woman falling into fountain while texting.
Here’s an ABC News report about the perilous activity.
What do you think of the proposed ban? Do you think texting while walking across the street is dangerous?