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posted by Joel Kight in In The News

The high price of texting and walking

May 14, 2012

UGA's campus is full of students who walk to classes.  On most days, you will see a student talking on the phone or even texting while walking around.

I remember one day I watched a young lady texting while walking and she walked right into the middle of the street and in front of a campus bus. She wasn't hurt but it sure scared the mess out of her. Based on reports I have read,  she was lucky.  A number of students have been hurt after stepping in front of busses due to distracted walking. 

A city in New Jersey is so concerned about pedestrians that they passed law banning people from texting and walking. The violations are considered jaywalking and the fine is an $85 ticket. The city has issued 117 of these tickets since mid-March. Read more at newjerseynewsroom.com.

Reports all over the country show that this type of distracted walking can lead to serious injury or even death.  

Would it be a good idea for UGA or even the city to introduce such a ban here?

Is this ban a great way to protect people or is it a violation of our rights?

Have you encountered pedestrians who have almost caused an accident or have almost hurt themselves while texting and walking? If so, how did you handle the situation? 

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