The potential dangers of texting while driving have been widely publicized leading many states to ban the practice and now, in Nevada, there is a proposed texting while walking ban in the works.
Texting while walking can be as dangerous as driving while texting. Have you ever noticed people crossing the street looking down at their phones and paying zero attention to their surroundings?
One gentleman that I know actually broke his hip because he was crossing the street, while looking down and texting, completely unaware of his surroundings.. He was so engrossed with his smartphone that he did not see that the street “dipped’ and tripped and fell.
Even on the relatively safety of a sidewalk or other public place, it seems that more and more people. of all ages, are so engrossed with their smartphones that they are texting while walking and causing a nuisance.
Lawmakers are noticing too.
An Assembly Bill, AB 123, was proposed during the floor session this past Thursday.
The summary of bill is as follows;
Prohibits certain pedestrians from manually typing or entering text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device while crossing a highway.
The proposed bill was introduced by three Nevada Assemblymen; Harvey Munford, Tom Grady and Joe Hogan.
Although the bill pertains to a texting while walking ban when crossing state highways, the future plans are far reaching.
The ultimate goal, according to 8 News Now, is to have the the proposed texting while walking ban apply to all state roads, which would even include residential areas.
If the bill passes, violations would be considered a misdemeanor resulting in a written warning for a first offense with second and third offenses incurring $100 and $250 fines in a seven year period.