Texting while walking banned could be a news headline in the near future if one Nevada politician has anything to do with it. According to a Mar. 1 Los Angeles Times report, Harvey Munford, who believes texting while walking is just as bad as texting while driving wants a ban.
The Last Vegas assemblyman introduced an Assembly Bill – 123, last Thursday, claiming the new law applies to all roads, including residential areas, and third time violators will not get off with just a warning. He recommends a $250 fine.
This is nothing new. Last year, New Jersey spearheaded another texting ban, making it illegal to text while crossing the street in the town of Fort Lee. Munford, for his part, told the Los Angeles Times he has been watching out for the offensive practice. “I was just amazed by what I saw,” he said. “So many people are almost oblivious. They are texting and texting, totally unaware as they cross even six-lane highways.”
He labeled kids as the worst offenders. “When kids get out of school, where they’ve been banned from using their phones all day, they go immediately to their texts,” he told The Los Angeles Times. “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.”
In support of his bill, the Munford relies on a Seattle study that analyzed pedestrian street crossing and confirmed that only 1 in 4 observed all the safety rules, with Texas having the riskiest behaviors.
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