Walking and Texting Illegal in New York?
CBS News is reporting this afternoon that New York State Senator Karl Kruger is proposing a $100 fine for individuals caught using their mobile devices while using crosswalks to cross streets.
The proposed ban comes as the result of the death of Jason King of New York City, killed last month when a truck hit him as he crossed the street while listening to his iPod.
Kruger, who represents Brooklyn, states:
In most automobile/pedestrian accidents, however, especially if the pedestrian is in a crosswalk, the automobile driver is considered at fault, whether the pedestrian is distracted or not. Although it may be safer to walk without reading a Kindle or listening to your iPod, I'm unclear that making it a crime would save lives - until drivers learn to watch for walkers in crosswalks. What do you all think?
"We have people who are literally dying in the street"
Source: CBS New York