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Should Distracted Walkers Be Fined?

Texting and talking while walking is becoming increasingly common as smart phones never leave our hands. Just how dangerous is this and should it be made illegal.

We’ve all laughed, or at least some of us have, when we've seen the man or woman texting on a cell phone, then suddenly trip over an unexpected curb. But it isn't always funny. In a story on this problem reported by the Redwood City-Woodside Patch back in the summer, it was reported that injuries from distracted walking resulted in emergency room visits more than quadrupling in the past seven years.

City and transportation officials across the country have labeled distracted walking as a serious public safety issue that needs addressing.

Salt Lake City pedestrians face a $50 fine for using cellphones, headphones and other distracting electronic devices while crossing the light rail tracks, the Utah Transit Authority decided and  Philidelphia and a New Jersey city banned texting while walking. Other cities in Arkansas, Illinois and New York, however, have unsuccessfully tried to pass distracted walking bills. The Redwood-Woodside Patch reported on an April Fool's Day joke last year that had Philadelphia officials taping off a e-lane for distracted pedestrians using electronics. People didn't realize it was a joke.

Are bills and fines banning communicating while walking in a public place necessary for our own good or too limiting on our freedoms?

Mr. B February 25, 2013 at 01:30 PM
You are my audience GGY. I will happily provide you with a Bible if you don't have one.
Mr. B February 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM
In context. God lays scriptures on my heart. I don't question Him as to why.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
B, I'm not your audience - I'm your target. Continuous insults with God's word is no way to observe the Lenten season, or any season. I know you will be so relieved when April 1 gets here so you can really give me what for. You should stop breaking your covenant and save up more.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Admittedly, JB, your name does leave a bad taste and blight on my eyesight, but you only come to mind when I read another of your insults. If I were seeking respect by posting on L-G Patch, I would pretend to be extreme right wing :D It is really quite the compliment that you and your band of naysayers zero in on anything I write.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Key word: balance. This life needs a balanced approach, not one-sided. No one entity, group or individual can do it all.

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