Road accidents are increasing alarmingly in the world. According to National Security Council, 11,101 injuries are recorded from 2000 through 2011 that shows distracted walking incidents involving cell phones. Lawmakers are now hoping to ban people from texting while walking on the road.
The bill which is proposed in New Jersy, would bring the rules for walking along into line with drivers, and push pedestrians to make sure that they are focusing on the path in front of them, would fine people who engage in “Texting While Walking.”
In this Bill, using any Electronic communicable device while walking on the road will be illegal which is not handsfree. Violators would face fines of up to $50, 15 days imprisonment or both, which is the same penalty as jaywalking.
The study of National Security Council found a majority of those injured were female, and most were 40 or younger. Talking on the phone was the most common activity at the time of injury while In 12% cases Texting while walking is responsible. Nearly 80% of the injuries happened as the result of a fall while 9% occurred from the Walker striking a stationary object.
The most common injury types included dislocations or fractures, sprains or strains, and crack or contusions.
“Thus far, no states have enacted a law specifically targeting distracted bicyclists or pedestrians,” said Douglas Shinkle, transportation program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. But he added that “a few states continue to introduce legislation every year.”
Half of the fine would be allocated to safety education about the dangers of walking and texting, Lampitt, a Democrat, said.
While some people are appreciating the bill , some are annoyed with this step by the government of New Jersy. But most agree that people need to be made aware of the issue rather than taking for granted that nothing bad will happen to them.