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Here is another reason to take a break from texting or talking on your smartphone while walking in New Jersey: a possible $50 fine.
A bill proposed this week by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) would impose a fine of up to $50 and possibly 15 days in jail for pedestrians caught using their cellphones without hands-free devices while walking on public sidewalks and along roadways.
If the bill becomes law, “petextrians” – people who text while walking – would face the same penalties as jaywalkers in New Jersey.
“I see it every single day,” Lampitt said Friday. “Maybe they will think twice about it.”
A report released in 2015 by the Governors Highway Safety Association found an increase in pedestrian fatalities, and cited texting while walking as partly to blame.