The Fort Lee Police will be handing out jaywalking tickets to anyone who texts and walks at the same time. It seems a little much, but they say they only have the pedestrian’s safety in mind. More than 20% of pedestrians in Fort Lee have been hit by cars in 2012 alone. In just six weeks, they’ve given tickets out to 117 Walker Textas Rangers.
"It's a big distraction. Pedestrians aren't watching where they are going and they are not aware," said Fort Lee Police Department chief Thomas Ripoli. According to a study in New York, 60% of wexters are likely to swerve in the wrong direction if they’re texting while walking. Beyond swerving into the streets, they could also hit poles, trees, street signs, you name it.
Besides, if GLEE has taught us anything, it’s that Quinn started texting while walking and it became a gateway for her texting while driving.
But in all seriousness, we support this new law and hope something like it migrates up to Canada. Hold your head high while walking and give your thumbs a rest!