Nevada may make it illegal to walk and text at the same time

Texting while walking presents some obvious challenges, both to you and to any people you may run into during your stroll. It's rude, potentially dangerous, and it makes both walking and texting a lot more difficult than they need to be. Why not just stop walking, send your message and then continue on your way?

Las Vegas assemblyman Harvey Mumford has proposed a law that makes "text-walking" (as I'm calling it) illegal on Nevada state roads, intersections and neighborhoods. Assemblyman Mumford must have met with some pretty unsavory text-walkers in his day to want to ban it outright. Here's what he has to say about the matter to the L.A. Times:

"I was just amazed by what I saw. So many people are almost oblivious. They are texting and texting, totally unaware as they cross even six-lane highways."

"When kids get out of school, where they've been banned from using their cell phones all day, they go immediately to their texts. I've seen several close calls myself where people have almost been hit. Kids are so addicted to those things. It's almost become a plague."

The first and second offense would get off with a warning, but the third time you're caught texting while walking, you could be fined as much as $250. Yikes.


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