New York Might Be the First State to Ban Texting While Crossing the Road

New York Might Be the First State to Ban Texting While Crossing the Road

NY might ban people from using their mobile device while crossing the road in New York. Should this be banned everywhere?

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According to CNN, it has been reported that the state of New York wants to introduce a bill that will ban texting while crossing the street. With fines starting at $25 and reaching as much as $250, the government seems to think pedestrians need to be taking more precaution and be responsible and accountable while crossing the road with the upcoming traffic and dodging hurried bicyclists, in the fast-paced streets of New York City.

The ban would include checking emails, browsing the internet, and texting with the exemption of emergencies. Many are left perplexed, since although the safety aspect makes sense, one may argue that there is no way of differentiating between an emergency or not before checking the phone first, and if fined by authorities, it will give access to personal information.

Tim Kennedy, the chair of the Transport Committee Senate, expresses concerns involving the possibility of this bill, “I don’t support the concept in its current form,” Kennedy said in a statement to CNN. “As someone who has rallied for significant pedestrian safety reforms for years, I prioritize the protection and security of all New Yorkers, but it appears to me as though this is an overreach of government.”

CNN states that the bill was introduced the year prior in the Assembly, by one Assembly member Felix W. Ortiz, and State Senator John Liu, provided a version of the bill in the Senate last week, hoping for the bill to be pushed forward.

Liu spoke with CNN and stated the following, “It’s hard not to notice the number of people texting while walking, and downright alarming to see people continuing their texting while crossing the street,” Liu told CNN. “We want New Yorkers to know it’s OK to wait the 5 seconds.”

Before the bill can be passed, it must first be approved by the transportation committees, the Assembly and the Senate, then it can come to a full vote.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

NY might ban people from using their mobile device while crossing the road in New York. Should this be banned everywhere?

Totals
45% Y – necessary
55% N – not an issue
Males
42% Y – necessary
58% N – not an issue
Females
56% Y – necessary
44% N – not an issue

Y – necessary

N – not an issue


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