NYC Looks to Fine Pedestrians on Mobile Devices in Crosswalks

'Distracted Pedestrians' Could Soon be FIned in New York CIty

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Distracted Pedestrians in Manhattan. Image by NYNJ.COM.

Hey New York City, we have a brand-new way for you to be fined.  New York State Senate has proposed a “distracted pedestrian” bill that will make it illegal to look down at your phone while crossing the street.  A byproduct of smartphones and densely populated areas is unfortunately an increase in pedestrian deaths.  A 2019 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2018, the most in three decades.

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Honolulu, Hawaii and Stamford, Connecticut have already passed similar “distracted pedestrian” laws.  If found guilty of walking and watching, you would receive a fine of $25 to $250.

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New Yorker’s seem to be divided on this bill.  The vast majority seem to be in favor, but some see it as the government overreaching.  What are your thoughts?


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