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Text-Walking May Become Illegal in Illinois

Thankfully a majority of you haven't had any walking while texting incidents, and knock-on-wood, I haven't either. Well in Illinois this past January, a bill was introduced that would ban people from using their cell phones while crossing the street.

"This legislation is not laughable. On the surface it's like, 'Oh wow, what is this?' But it's becoming more and more of a common problem with people haplessly crossing an intersection and almost killing themselves."

Says Ken Dunkin, the representative who introduced the bill. Dunkin also mentioned that there have already been two deaths of two New York City pedestrians who were said to have been walking and texting.

The Chicago Tribune notes how the brain's ability to multitask makes text-walking possible, even though it's a delicate balancing act. I honestly don't know what I'd do if California banned texting while walking, because texting most likely consists of emailing too, which I love doing to and from work!


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zombielove zombielove 9 years
they should out-law drunk texting...those ruin lives!!!! :)
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
Aren't there more important things to be worrying about thank texting while walking? I mean, what happened to accountability? What happened to looking both way before you cross the street? Pretty soon there will be a law that you need to chew your food before you swallow it.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
omg, what shall I do? I hope this law doesn't come to GA!!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i text and walk at the same time. it can be dangerous when i walk into people. but i've never almost killed me.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Maybe we should let that whole Darwinian thing just do its job? ;-)
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
people are so stupid.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I am sooo guilty of this. But I've never walked into anyone or pranced out into traffic because of texting.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
If people would just look up once in a while and look both ways they'd be fine. Darwin awards for all of 'em.
Dan-Balanoff Dan-Balanoff 9 years
FLUNKIN DUNKIN! After reading the article I'm alarmed that a State Representative who's district is facing so many serious problems is spending his time introducing such unnecessary legisltaion. It's not laughable, it's just plain irresponsible. Ken Dunkin should be more concerned with the children being killed on his streets and the state's buget crisis rather than the texting habbits of Chicago's walkers. What's he going to take on next, J walking?! -Dan Balanoff
calamari calamari 9 years
I get that it is sad when people are injured crossing the street while texting, I'm just not sure a law is the answer. Geek posted a story several months back about teens getting injured crossing the street while listening to their iPods. Maybe Illinois should make that illegal as well. It's probably better to make folks aware of the problem and urge them to be more careful. Making laws to prevent accidents would never end.
Bitte-Ein-Kuss Bitte-Ein-Kuss 9 years
lol it's pretty bad that it's come to this, but it IS a very bad idea to text while crossing the street. people just need to be more careful and be aware of their surroundings!
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