We’ve all joked about people who text while walking. Well, now thanks to a rise in jaywalking combined with 20 incidents of cars hitting pedestrians so far this year, Ft. Lee NJ police are clamping down on those texting while walking. Police are handing out tickets to those who text while walking.
Ft. Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli says, “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they’re going. They’re not aware.” Pamphlets have been disseminated with information about the new focus on texting and walking. Those found in violation of the law can be fined as much as $85 and in the last 6 weeks, there have been 117 tickets issued so far.
If you are going to do it, you can’t complain too much. A fine certainly beats getting smashed head on by a bus.