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Politician Wants Texting While Walking to be Banned

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The US state of New Jersey is proposing a new law that would make it illegal to walk, while also sending a text message.

Just as driving laws restrict use of mobile phones to avoid distractions, the new law plans to avoid problems caused by people not paying attention to where they are walking.

State politician, Pamela Lampitt has introduced the bill, which would make any use of electronic communications devices while walking illegal, unless used with a hands-free device.

Offenders could face fines of up to US$50 per infraction, or 15 days in jail.

"Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road," Lampitt said. "An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking and should be held, at minimum, to the same penalty."

The move could be a boon for voice recognition technology though, as people switch from typing text messages, to speaking them.

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