Texting while walking ban?

Katherine - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Cathy Cruz Marrero made headlines last month after she innocently stumbled into a mall fountain while walking and texting. Marrero, who was royally embarrassed once video of her fall went on national TV, is very much like you and me. While many of us aren't viral Internet sensations, a majority of us commit the same "crime" -- texting while walking -- every day.

New York State Sen. Carl Kruger hasn't backed down from his attack on all handheld devices used while walking. He wants to ban pedestrians from using cell phones, iPods, and other mobile devices when they are crossing the street.

Oh give me a break. Call me an extremist -- but I can't help but wonder what's next? Are they going to try and take away my freedom of speech, too? Like no talking at intersections?

I can't remember the last time that I walked from Grand Central Station to my office on Park Avenue without my phone in my hand. And while doing so, not once have I done anything as remotely idiotic as Marrero. (Sorry lady.) There's something to be said about being aware of your surroundings, especially in a busy area. Most of us understand the importance of following basic traffic procedures, and that the little lit-up pedestrian indeed means WALK.

Sure, I comprehend the safety precautions behind a bill like Senator Kruger's. He's looking out for the well-being of his constituents by attempting to eliminate a distraction. But we're all human, and we can make our own decisions. Walking through an intersection with a cell phone in hand is just as dangerous as walking while pondering over a bad day at the office or a recent breakup. There is just no way to guarantee a pedestrian's 100 percent attention and focus.

With all things considered, restricting cell phone use on the streets could ultimately be more detrimental than helpful, don't you think? Aside from the thought of not wanting my man to show up without condoms with bad takeout -- I can't help but ponder what this would mean for local law enforcement. Would police actually have time to hunt down technology abusers? I highly doubt it, making things on the streets even worse! Imagine people trying to walk successfully while attempting to hide their busy texting fingers? They'd be even more distracted! I can see it now: Must hide phone. Big Brother is watching.

What do you think? Should texting while walking be banned?

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Becky - posted on 02/19/2011

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Well, I don't mean we should get insurance for walking. Haha, that'd be funny! But, if you get hit by a car because you step out in front of one while you're texting, then the driver's insurance shouldn't have to pay for your injuries.

Dana - posted on 02/19/2011

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Well, it is rather annoying. I was up in the city a few weeks ago, driving through University Circle (teaching hospital, dental, nursing school) and it was atrocious. Kids walking all over the place staring not at where they were going, but down at their damn phones. I had to stop driving, while a kid was walking, slow as hell, texting and then trying to step onto the curb, 3 times, before he actually looked up to see that he was still several feet away from it!!



So, an all out ban? I don't know but, some consideration for others would be nice, if not, I'm liable to honk my horn and scare the shit out of you. And if I do, don't mean mug me, you're the jerk, not me.

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Here's how I look at it. I don't think there should be a law actually making it illegal, BUT, if someone gets hit walking across the street, and it can be proved that they were distracted or busy doing ANYTHING, both parties should be responsible. right now, the way things are....the driver would be at fault.

Katherine - posted on 02/18/2011

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That's horrible! And honestly why should we ban something people should have the common sense to do????? Watch out assholes!!!!






Sorry.

Jodi - posted on 02/18/2011

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Did you hear about the case where a teen was texting while walking in a multi-level car park, wasn't watching where he was going, hit the concrete barrier, toppled over it and fell 7 stories to his death? True story.



I'm not sure that it could necessarily be banned, but I DO think that people should be made more aware of the dangers. I mean, people have DIED. I don't think the average person realises that.



I don't believe it *is* the same as daydreaming, not really. When texting, you are not even looking ahead of you, pretty much just down at your feet. It really is walking without watching where you are going. My 5 year old does that - I have to constantly remind her to watch where she is going......but these people texting don't have a mother supervising them when they are potentially doing something dangerous without realising it.....

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Mabel - posted on 02/20/2011

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TO me this is the same as a person walking down the road picking their nose.DO you realize the complete attention that person is giving to his/her nose at that moment?VERY DANGEROUS!!!!That one booger can or will cost a life....

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Thanks, Becky. I just think it's disgusting how pedestrians take no precautions and assume they own the road. They KNOW there's no responsibility on their part and I think some/a lot (not all) pedestrians take advantage of that and don't take necessary precautions when crossing the road.



They need to be held responsible too!

Brandi - posted on 02/20/2011

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No, it should not be banned. Just pay attention to where you are going. GEEZ, it is not that hard! The government should not be allowed to control every little move we make!

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2011

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Oh God then you could get insurance coverage just like with a car. How far can you take it?

Becky - posted on 02/19/2011

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I agree with Dana M. If you're in an accident and injured and it can be proven that you weren't "walking with due care and attention" then insurance shouldn't cover you.

Angela - posted on 02/19/2011

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NO texting should not be banned or talking on your phone while walking shouldnt be banned either.But I do agree that people should be more aware of their surroundings while using their Cell phones...I think its just ridiculous and actually funny,so instead of the DUI(Driving under the influence) its gonna be WWT(walking while talking)? LMAO! COME ON NOW! I mean I know there's always some idiot that ruins it for the rest of us, but this could end up being a huge problem if they actually pass something like that.

" I can't help but ponder what this would mean for local law enforcement. Would police actually have time to hunt down technology abusers?"

And this is my question exactly,But Im pretty sure police are going to be more concerned with catching the bank Robber that Just shot and killed 12 people in a Robbery than catching the 21 year old walking and Texting in public.

Ugh..people...people...people...

April - posted on 02/19/2011

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I think it's a waste of time. Put your efforts into making a more important law, Mr. Senator.

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Lmao off like that will work, its banned in cars and many still do it.Although sometimes ,people look up regularly while texting..this one guy walked in to my toddler.I wasnt happy, not that people cant make a mistake, he was so bothered by what he was texting or looking at he didnt care to stop and apologise grr.My motto look up regularly peeps lol.



some common sense is badly needed these days i feel.

Iridescent - posted on 02/19/2011

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It is banned in cars, here. Doesn't mean any fewer people do it, but it's banned.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/19/2011

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This is hysterical...no walking while texting or talking on the phone so you can jump out of the way of the driver that nearly run you down doing the exact same fucking thing!!!! Ban it in cars first, thank you very much.

Tara - posted on 02/19/2011

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Oh come on, really?

They honestly have nothing better to do with their time than propose silly laws such as this?

I agree that some people are stupid, I agree that people can be killed due to that stupidity, but it's not like stupidity hasn't been killing people throughout human existence.

If you are stupid enough to walk into a fountain whilst texting, than you will get wet.

If you are too absorbed in your texting that you fail to realize you are walking several stories above terra firma and are about to plunge to your death, well.... you can't fix stupid. If it had been illegal to text and walk, that guy would have still been texting and walking, he just would have died doing something illegal, not just stupid.

Chelsea - posted on 02/19/2011

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My opinion, no way it should be banned. Yes, people should be aware of their surroundings...that's common sense. To walk into a busy intersection and decide to text instead of watching for cars...uhm, that's just stupid and I agree with Amy...you can't fix stupid lol. I don't think it's an epidemic where hundreds/thousands of people are getting injured/killed from walking and texting...if that day does come, I would totally lose hope for the human race lol. I think Legislators should be spending their time/efforts on trying to pass more important laws.

Jenn - posted on 02/19/2011

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I don't think it should be banned, but people should watch where they're going. But as Cathy already mentioned - people have been walking into things long before cell phones came into existence. I've done it myself. Should we just outlaw walking and go with a Jeston's style moving sidewalk? LOL!!!

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I've walked into numerous lamposts, long before I ever had a mobile phone.

Texting while crossing a busy road is stupid, you should be concentrating on traffic, but it's common sense and not something you'd be able to regulate against.

Iridescent - posted on 02/19/2011

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I don't think it should be illegal. If you're too stupid to figure out how to either do both or to determine that you can't, whatever fate you've earned is the one you deserve. Next it'll be licenses to have sex (STD's and pregnancy risk), and to swim (people drown), and to cook supper (house fires, ya know). You can't fix stupid.

Becky - posted on 02/18/2011

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I used to read and walk, until I walked smack into a metal pole. Ouch! I don't really think it should be illegal, although, maybe at intersections. Even if you're crossing legally, you should always be aware of what's going on around you when you're crossing the street - what if someone's texting and driving and doesn't stop for the light?

Meghan - posted on 02/18/2011

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My mom (who works for a personal injury law firm) actually just asked me my thoughts on these the other day... "How come it is considered more distracting to talk on the phone and drive, but not walk and talk/text?" My guess was because a person driving is in control of a ton of potentially damaging metal. She agreed but then brought up the point that legally, pedestrians have to follow the rules of the road too...
Like others have said, you think it would common sense. Busy road + text/talking/digging in your purse = possible injury...I really shouldn't be surprised, but it truly does amaze me that we need to waist time and money considering and implementing laws that truly are common sense!!

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Have they banned people from reading while walking? That's just as big of a distraction and books/magazines have been around MUCH longer than cell phones.



I agree w/ promoting awareness of how dangerous something like that can be... maybe by making a commercial out of that woman in the fountain?... and other such incidents, but an actual LAW against it..... nope. There are way too many distractions in life that can NOT be banned (like your own thoughts). I think knowledge and awareness would be more beneficial.

Nicole - posted on 02/18/2011

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I am learning to drive, and getting behind the wheel makes me aware of how many crazy things pedestrians, and other drivers, do.

Maybe we should give people walking licenses, and people with more walking experience/training can text and walk

Bonnie - posted on 02/18/2011

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I'm not really sure whether it should be banned or not, but people do need to be more aware of their surroundings. I heard of a case not too long ago (can't remember where it was though), of a woman who was texting walking through a parking lot and a male driver was going faster than he should have been in the parking lot and he hit her. He obviously wasn't paying full attention, but neither was she as her head was down, texting.

Kate CP - posted on 02/18/2011

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"Did you hear about the case where a teen was texting while walking in a multi-level car park, wasn't watching where he was going, hit the concrete barrier, toppled over it and fell 7 stories to his death?"

See, to ME that's the perfect example of Darwinism at it's finest. :P

Maybe that's just me being pissy, though.

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