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|May 13, 2012|
US town fines pedestrians caught texting
London: People in a US town are being fined by police
if they are caught texting on their mobile phones while walking. The clampdown
comes after a rise in the number of jaywalking incidents, where pedestrians cross
roads illegally or recklessly, instead of using marked routes, Sky News reported.
Officers in Fort Lee, New Jersey, have said some people are constantly putting
themselves at risk of being hit by vehicles because they do not pay attention.
Police are stepping up patrols looking for “dangerous” walkers who are not obeying
the rules of the road. They have been handing out leaflets warning pedestrians
about the crackdown. So far this year, more than 20 people have been hit by cars
in Fort Lee . “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they’re
going. They’re not aware,” Fort Lee Police chief Thomas Ripoli said at a news
conference. One resident Sue Choe admitted she texts and walks “all the time,”
but added: “When I walk, I still look around. I’m not constantly looking down.”
In the last month-and-a-half, at least 117 tickets have been issued for jaywalking
- an offence which carries a fine of 85 dollars.
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