Democratic New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt introduced legislation last month that would make it a crime to walk across a street while texting. Under her bill, anyone found guilty of “using a hand-held phone” while crossing the street would be fined and face possible jail time.
Dr. John D’Angelo, head of emergency medicine at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J., stated that texting (by those simultaneously navigating urban sidewalks) is “Worse than alcohol or drugs for drivers and pedestrians. They’re less aware [of what’s going on around them].” People used to glance at the newspaper as they traversed urban walkways. Perhaps they should have been ostracized or imprisoned. This whole tolerance thing is not very consistent…is it?
Will our future leaders allow us to eat while we walk? Kick a pebble down the street? Look down so as not to step on a crack? The old derogatory inquisitive, “Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?” will no longer apply, as it will be illegal to walk and chew gum at the same time. “Das ist verboten, ja?!”
Abortion is legal. We grant amnesty to illegal aliens. We proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace. But, dammit, we need to incarcerate our smart-phone users who are bold enough to talk while walking!
Other representatives in the New Jersey legislature have proposed a measure that would make running with scissors a felony, and are currently considering a bill that would render jaywalkers eligible for the death penalty.