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Fort Lee, New Jersey has made walking while texting an offense that’s fineable up to $85.
The new measure was implemented in the hopes of cutting down the number of accidents involving pedestrians. Home to 35,000 residents, Fort Lee has suffered three such accidents this year.
According to the New Jersey Record, over 117 tickets have been issued so far. Police Chief Thomas Ripoli hopes that the new incentive will make his town a safer place to be. "It's a big distraction. Pedestrians aren't watching where they are going and they are not aware," Ripoli stated.
Some citizens are not particularly happy about the new law. Resident Sue Choe argued, "When I walk I still look around. I'm not like constantly looking down the whole time."
According to ABC News, a study by two professors at New York’s Stony Brook University found that people who text are 60 percent more accident prone than non-texters.
According to MSN, Fort Lee might be one of the first cities that has passed a law making texting while walking illegal.