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Texting while driving is dangerous for many reasons; but at least one state legislature is considering a bill that would ban walking while texting due to potential dangers.

Laws have been banning texting while driving since 2007, Washington being the first state to pass such a law. Texting while driving has been banned to all drivers in states like California and banned to new drivers in Texas.

Texas law regarding texting and driving prohibits cellphone use to all drivers in school zones, and all drivers under the age of 18 are forbidden from using cellphones while driving. Also, bus drivers are prohibited from all cellphone use while children are present. The reasons for these laws are similar to reasons why walking and texting could be seen as dangerous. Nevada’s assemblyman Harvey Munford, has proposed a bill that could potentially outlaw texting while walking with fines up to $250 to those who text while crossing roads. Although there’s no talk of Texas passing such a law, states like Utah, Illinois, New York, and Arkansas have also looked at a similar legislation.

“I think it’s dumb,” said Javier Servin, Mechanical Engineering major at TJC. “I mean, it’s common sense to pay attention when doing something that puts your life at risk.”

Texting while walking could be dangerous due to anything from tripping to potentially walking into a street in the path of an oncoming car. According to the National Safety Council, 1.4 million accidents occur every year due to cellphone use, 200,000 of those are from texting and driving alone.guy texting two

According to socialtimes.com attention spans are lowering each year, the average person’s attention span went from 12 minutes to 5 minutes and the internet, cellphones, and media are to blame. If so, a person texting and walking is more likely to get hurt than those who don’t text and walk such as Mrs. Jeannie Lafferty an environmental science professor at TJC.

“I text, but I’m not that coordinated at walking. I stop at the side of the hallway,” said Lafferty. “I can trip just walking, I can’t walk and chew gum … I’m not that graceful.”

If texting while walking became banned on TJC campus or even in Tyler, students such as Javier Servin think that such thing will be absurd. “If it was on campus, it wouldn’t make sense,” said Servin. “Because there’s nothing life threatening other than the schools security on the golf carts and bikes.”

Other students like Kebrina McCullough, a dental hygiene major, think that such a thing is odd.

“It would be crazy, I mean because as weird as it sounds while you’re walking texting is a distraction,” said McCullough.

Nevada’s Assembly Bill 123 would make it illegal for pedestrians to use cellphones when crossing streets, including residential neighborhoods. First offense will be only a warning, second offense will be a fine of $100, and third offense will be a fine of $250.

This bill does make exceptions to emergency calls. Assemblyman Munford said his biggest concern is the safety of pedestrians, not the money that will come from the fines that will be given.

Criminal Justice major, Urbano Lino understands that the proposed bill in Nevada and believes that safety is a concern. He said that safety should always come first. There should be more awareness and less texting and it will result if the law is enacted.

 

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7 Comments

  1. It is absolutely ridiculous to consider banning texting and walking. People who are unable to text and remain stable simply shouldn’t. If they continue to do so and put themselves in dangerous positions, they lack common sense and that is something that cannot be resolved with a bill.

    • Tanner Schmidt

      I believe that people are on their phones and don’t pay attention when they need to. This can cause problems. The idea of making people pay for texting while crossing the road. Now at first I thought it was a bit excessive, then i started dissecting the idea. It places that thought in peoples mind to pay attention more cause now, now there is a consequences.

  2. I believe it is completely ridiculous to ban texting while walking. People should be more aware of their surroundings and be able to recognize where they are walking. Why would you even want to text while walking if you are crossing the street? If people continue to put themselves in these dangerous situations, than it is their fault and they lack common sense. Enacting a bill to ban texting while walking, will not solve anything as some people will continue to lack common sense and will put themselves in dangerous situations

  3. Wow! Before long I guess cellphones will be banned completely. I agree with one of the comments from the previous posting, unless you are actually trying to get hit by a car that’s passing by, “WHY WOULD YOU EVEN BE LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE RATHER, THAN CROSSING THE STREET SAFELY?” I understand that the ultimate goal is safety and I agree 1 million percent with no texting and driving, but some people can’t even walk straight; let alone walk and text.

  4. Timbriana Johnson

    This is definitely the most senseless thing I’ve read today, so basically were suppose to sit down and text? We as humans have enough since to hear or even slightly see something in the corner of our eye to let us know the danger is near. I totally disagree with this article it is silly and it also takes away my personal rights.

  5. Calvin Maynard

    Oh. My. Goodness. When will our government start treating us like what we are — independent citizens with the right to make our own choices in life! The role of government is to keep us from harming each other. If we start trying to outlaw stupidity, we’re going to run out of jails.

  6. Unfortunetly it takes an act of congress sometimes to protect people from their own stupidity. Personally, like the professor in the article, I am not coordinated enough to walk and do anything else at the same time… Sometimes even talking to the person I’m with is a challenge. I completely agree with banning texting while driving. When I lived in Las Vegas there was a D.J. that said something to the effect of “texting while driving is worse than drunk driving. While texting NO ONE is driving the car. Atleast a drunk driver is making an attempt to drive the car” (I want to make it clear that quote is paraphrased). Additionally , in Vegas, jaywalking on the strip will result in an immediate arrest. Up until recently at least one person a day was fatally injured while jaywalking. Mandatory seatbelt usage is law (I disagree with that law for the most part) so it doesn’t surprise me that something like this is being considered. :-)

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