New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt has introduced legislation that would hit inattentive pedestrians with a $50 U.S. fine and possible jail time if they’re caught crossing the street with their faces buried in their smartphones.
As the popularity of smartphones has grown, so to have the number of collisions between people and vehicles.
Half the fine would go to educational programs warning of the dangers of texting while walking. A repeat offender could end up doing 15 days in jail.
New Jersey’s pedestrian fatality rate is the 10th highest in the United States.