Texting While Walking Banned in New Jersey Town

Enthusiastic texters beware: Fort Lee, NJ Police said they will begin issuing $ 85 tickets pedestrians crossing the street caught SMS while walking.

"This is a major disruption. Pedestrians do not watch where they go and they do not know, "said Thomas Ripoli, head of the Fort Lee Police Department.

Ripoli said the small town, which is home to about 35,000 residents, has suffered three serious accidents involved pedestrians this year. He hopes the crackdown on people who show risky behavior while running the country more secure, but not everyone is on board with the idea of ​​issuing tickets $ 85.

"When I went to see me still. I'm not going to keep looking all the time, "said Sue Choe citizens.

Another woman complained about the ticket is "a lot of money."

Officers hand out fliers during a brief period of favor in March before they begin to aggressively pursue "dangerous walker."

More than 117 tickets were issued, according to Record New Jersey.

Two professors at Stony Brook University in New York doing research work and texting. They found texters are 60 percent more likely to veer off line than non-texters.

"We want to raise awareness that the real problems occur because of texting," said Eric Lamberg, co-author of the study, Business News Long Island. "Texting interfere with your ability much more than talk."

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