Tuesday, May 15, 2012

eighty five bucks for reckless walking

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous.  However, a town in New Jersey is cracking down on text-walkers.  In the past month, police in Fort Lee have issued 117 tickets for reckless walking... each with a price tag of $85.

Really? Reckless walking?

It may not be quite as ridiculous as it seems.  Apparently the town has had 20 incidents of people who have been struck by cars because they are texting-while-walking.  Police chief Thomas Ripoli said: 'Pedestrians aren't watching where they're walking, they're not aware.'

That would agree with the finding of a ground-breaking scientific (?) study by Stony Brook University in NY which found that people who are walking while texting are 60% more likely to veer off line than others. (wondering... did someone actually pay to have that study done???)

http://snipr.com/mp120515a   [www_metro_co_uk]

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