Written by Kayla Stroud, SpecTech Editor
Texting and driving has been illegal for years, but now texting and walking might also book you a two week stint in a jail cell.
A New Jersey lawmaker introduced a bill that, if passed, would make it illegal to walk the streets with a cell phone glued to your face.
According to CBS2, offenders could either face a $50 fine, or spend 15 days behind bars.
“If a person on the road — whether walking or driving — presents a risk to others on the road, there should be a law in place to dissuade and penalize risky behavior” Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, who helped support the bill, said in an interview with Huffington Post.
New Jersey already has a distracted driving ban in place where offenders would have to pay upwards $400 for the first infraction. So this bill seems a tad excessive.
“An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking and should be held, at a minimum, to the same penalty,” said Lampitt.
Sure, whatever you say Pam.