Should NYC Ban Text Walking Too?
August 15th, 2008

Queens Councilmember David Weprin is proposing a bill to ban text messaging while driving in the city. The proposal comes in response to an increase in text messaging while driving, particularly among young people, and an automobile crash involving text messaging that killed five teenagers in the Finger Lakes region last summer.

But should there be a ban on pedestrian text messaging too?

Last month, the American College of Emergency Physicians issued an alert warning that they are seeing an increasein emergency room injuries and deaths related to text messaging while walking, biking, and rollerblading, as well as driving. (Listen to a National Public Radio interview with an ER doctor talking about the dangers of “text walking.”)

OneIllinois lawmaker thinks it’s worth someconsideration and has proposed a bill to ban the use of wireless devices while crossing the street. “It’s becoming more and more of a common problem with people haplessly crossing an intersection and almost killing themselves,” Rep. Ken Dunkin of Chicago told the Chicago Tribune.

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2 Responses to “Should NYC Ban Text Walking Too?”

  1. Dan Balanoff Says:
    August 15th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    FLUNKIN DUNKIN! After reading the article I’m alarmed that a State Representative who’s district is facing so many serious problems is spending his time introducing such unnecessary legisltaion. It’s not laughable, it’s just plain irresponsible. Ken Dunkin should be more concerned with the children being killed on his streets and the state’s buget crisis rather than the texting habbits of Chicago’s walkers. What’s he going to take on next, J walking?!
    -Dan Balanoff

  2. OmegaWolf747 Says:
    August 23rd, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    What a stupid idea! Why stop there? Why not ban people from walking and eating ice cream or listening to headphones while they walk?

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