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Should Texting While Walking Be Banned?

Living 2012/05/14 21:23:53
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The rumor mill went a bit crazy today, as reports circulated that Fort Lee, N.J., had banned texting while walking. The shock! The horror! But Thomas Ripoli -- chief of the Fort Lee Police Department -- tells msnbc.com that people who are nabbed texting while walking in Fort Lee are issued a $54 ticket ... but only if they also happen to be jaywalking at the same time.



While the town has cracked down on pedestrians since three people were killed and more than 20 were involved in accidents since the beginning this year -- issuing over 117 jaywalking tickets -- no tickets have been issued for texting while walking.

In an earlier report, Ripoli told ABC News: "It's a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware." He makes a good point -- maybe texting while walking should be banned. At least when you're crossing the street. What do you think?
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  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/05/14 22:18:21 (edited)
    No
    Just Jenn for Now
    +13
    Oh sure, while we're at it, let's ban listening to music, reading a book/pamphlet, talking with a friend next to you, eating, drinking, etc. etc.

    When you're walking, the ONLY thing you're allowed to do is WALK!! SEIG HEIL!!

    Seriously though, driving is understandable. MAYBE even biking. But walking?? Yeah screw you if you don't like me texting and walking, I'M DOING IT. Unlike the morons that walk into poles, I can look where I'm going while texting.

    Don't punish ME for the ignorance of OTHERS.

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  • barby k... TC1116 2012/05/16 17:07:45
    barby karring
    Me too thanks dude" ;)
  • barby k... barby k... 2012/05/16 21:09:42
    barby karring
    Oh sorry dude' this was not recent, this was years ago when cell phone texting was first introduced to the public.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/05/15 02:41:19
    No
    Somkey the Hores
    +4
    Idiots who do it get whatever they deserve. Don't the eugenicists say the population needs to be culled? Kill off the STUPID first.
  • rhirhi 2012/05/15 02:38:23
    No
    rhirhi
    +4
    Im a teenagerr and i walk and text. I have fallen on my face if they fall then thats there problem so no need to fine them. Its humorous watching someone trip while texting and walkng
  • marylou5 rhirhi 2012/05/15 05:32:33
    marylou5
    +2
    Stupidity is inevitable! No law can ban it!
  • rhirhi marylou5 2012/05/22 22:02:44
    rhirhi
    Nope
  • sunshine :) 2012/05/15 02:36:40
    No
    sunshine :)
    +6
    I say no more silly laws, just let natural selection take care of them. Too many unenforceable laws like these already. I dont know how you can text and walk anyway, but I see people doing it all the time. Guess im not that cordinated!
  • bob h. 2012/05/15 02:31:53
    No
    bob h.
    +5
    What are they going to do, take away your sneakers?
  • Somkey ... bob h. 2012/05/15 02:42:17
    Somkey the Hores
    +4
    They just might.
  • Couri 2012/05/15 02:26:51
    No
    Couri
    +4
    Seriously how would you even regulate that?
  • Somkey ... Couri 2012/05/15 02:44:27
    Somkey the Hores
    +3
    With obama's secret civilian army.
  • Walt 2012/05/15 02:14:20
    No
    Walt
    +6
    You can't create blanket laws to cover making stupidity illegal.
  • Somkey ... Walt 2012/05/15 02:43:46
    Somkey the Hores
    +4
    Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime: the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
    Robert A. Heinlein
  • john n Somkey ... 2012/05/15 07:04:13
    john n
    A++
  • Bill 2012/05/15 02:12:29
    No
    Bill
    +5
    This is natural selection at work. When is government going to learn that they just can't legislate stupidity away? The special students may suffer if we let go of their hand.
  • Walt Bill 2012/05/15 02:14:59
    Walt
    +4
    That's a good way of saying it.
  • xXILoveVinnyBooXx 2012/05/15 02:00:51
    No
    xXILoveVinnyBooXx
    +5
    Going way too far, even though it is a safety hazard
  • Brynn 2012/05/15 01:56:31
    No
    Brynn
    +4
    I'm not in the damned military anymore! Enough of this bs.
  • barby karring 2012/05/15 01:45:31
    Yes
    barby karring
    +2
    Texting while walking should be banned everywhere. I can see if your're standing in one place texting, but while walking nope"
  • Just Je... barby k... 2012/05/15 07:05:19
    Just Jenn for Now
    There's just as much distraction if you're walking and talking with someone. Should we outlaw that as well?
  • barby k... Just Je... 2012/05/16 11:12:30 (edited)
    barby karring
    Hey how are you"
    I said it's because; it's hard paying attention while you are moving and texting.
    Ummm..."it happened to me and cost me a doctor's bill from a trip to the emergency room. Dude I was texting while out exercising (walking); I stepped off the curbing and twisted my ankle so bad and to top that, I friggin' fell hurting my knee also. I felt stupid and embarrassed because, my dang phone skidded from my hand during the fall; in the street, and a car wheel rolled over my phone shattering it. Standing still and texting okay" walking and texting a real no-no" don't do it.
    Every time it crosses my mind about that incident, I feel stupid to myself all over again.
    Hey" don't laugh at me dude; its funny now, but it wasn't when it happened that day. Hell' even the word "Stupid" was laughing at me.
  • Just Je... barby k... 2012/05/17 05:11:37
    Just Jenn for Now
    Come on back when ya start making sense, m'kay?
  • TC1116 Just Je... 2012/05/16 15:24:30
    TC1116
    Not even comparable. When you are walking and texting, you are focused on looking at a little screen and reading. When you are talking while walking, you are still able to see in front of you.
  • barby k... TC1116 2012/05/16 17:12:15
    barby karring
    Exactly"
  • Just Je... TC1116 2012/05/17 05:13:58
    Just Jenn for Now
    Actually it is. But if you don't believe that, here's more examples of what's frequently done while walking:

    Calling someone
    Listening to music
    Eating
    Drinking
    Singing
    Dancing
    Exercising
    Checking time (watch or cell phone; doesn't matter)

    All of which actually ARE equally distracting as looking at a screen to text.

    My point: Don't make the rest of us abide by an outrageous law just because some idiot can't pay attention while s/he is texting. The whole "one bad apple spoils the whole barrel" logic we're running on is ludicrous.
  • TC1116 Just Je... 2012/05/17 20:57:30
    TC1116
    I'm not sure why you are going on and on about things. First, there is absolutely NOTHING similar to looking at a tiny screen, reading and typing messages...as compared to any of what you are spouting. Calling someone - for the moment you are dialing, sure. The rest of the time, you are looking in front of you. Sure you may get distracted ...but not the same. Listening to music - well, that one can be pretty bad if you have headphones on and don't hear a car coming from behind, or a mugger, or sirents. But, visibility is still there. Eating - unless you are closing your eyes while you walk or staring at the food as you take every bite...not the same. Drinking - only an issue if alcohol and you are drunk. Singing - give me a break. Dancing - again, are you on medication? Exercising - what the hell are you talking about? - Shadow boxing, while you walk??? As for checking a watch or the time, that is a split second. Texting is a bit more involved.

    If you believe any of those things compares to staring at a screen, reading and typing while only using the most minimal peripheral vision (if that)...you are sadly unaware of how things work. Now - that being said, if you will note, I don't think there should be a ban on texting and walking. So, arguing the point even as poorly as you just did...wasn't necessary. Have a great day. No - no...that's not the same as have a "bad" day.
  • Captain Christopher 2012/05/15 01:19:41
    Yes
    Captain Christopher
    +1
    I REALLY don't care the people's cellphone/cella/texting and talk and more talking, BLAH-BLAH-BLAH, BLAH-BLAH-BLAH! Hey! Think, think, thinking fool! Get hit by a vehicle crossing the street and...'Oops! POW!!!' Brain, Blood, More Bloody, the police, ambulance, life-threatening, awwww, TOO LATE. Oh, well people's. It was a good day and check you self...and Tomorrow. (Ahh, I like Jimi "I Don't Live Today", Ice-Cube "Death Certificate", and D.E.A.T.H. "Death Grave")
  • TC1116 Captain... 2012/05/16 19:33:23
    TC1116
    +1
    What's really funny...is that for not caring, the ole Cap' sure did get emotionally carried away with the whole thing. When you really don't care, why post anything.
  • Captain... TC1116 2012/05/17 03:45:00
    Captain Christopher
    My opinion.
  • carl 2012/05/15 01:16:42
    No
    carl
    +8
    We have way too many laws as it is.......we need more freedom
  • Somkey ... carl 2012/05/16 07:58:29
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    Make permanent open season on politicians.
  • Karin 2012/05/15 01:03:45
    No
    Karin
    +6
    Driving can cause accidents. Maybe driving should be banned.
  • Walt Karin 2012/05/15 02:16:38
    Walt
    +2
    Maybe they should create laws making it illegal to stand on a car roof and car surf.
  • shadow76 Karin 2012/05/15 04:08:01
    shadow76
    Don't say that too loudly, they are likely to do it!
  • Rachel Searvogel 2012/05/15 00:55:18
    No
    Rachel Searvogel
    +4
    How much more can we over regulate and ban? Seriously, that's stepping all over personal freedom right there.
  • Coasterdude02149 2012/05/15 00:39:27
    No
    Coasterdude02149
    +4
    Not a fan of testing but enough with the f'kn banning already-let's ban all this banning
  • clasact 2012/05/15 00:27:54
    Yes
    clasact
    +2
    personally I hate texting
  • Bulanov... clasact 2012/05/15 00:55:11
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +2
    So because you don't like to do it yourself, you don't think anyone else should be able to do it. I see.
  • clasact Bulanov... 2012/05/15 02:09:50
    clasact
    couldnt care less what others do except when im involved and do you know how many time I have almost run over people because they texting while trying to cross a street ,many or how many times an accident has happened because of texting,many so I dont like it and gave my opinion dont like mine give yours
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/05/15 00:25:04
    No
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    Ah, Fort Lee, the town where my stupid ex's family is from.

    Nope, not surprised in the least.

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