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2013-03-03 06:43:18 PM
What about walking while chewing gum? That still ok?
 
2013-03-03 06:46:08 PM
You could be texting about a giant peach and stumble and then twist your ankle!

/House of Cards is all kinds of awesome so far
 
2013-03-03 06:46:56 PM
Even though I think this is dumb law, in the last couple years I have seen 3 idiots get hit walking in front of cars(and a bike) while texting. One of the guys even got a jaywalking ticket in the back of the ambulance after several witnesses told the responding cop what happened. He was not happy.
 
2013-03-03 07:11:13 PM
Texting while driving you might kill me or someone I care about. Texting while walking you may kill yourself. I'm ok with that.
 
2013-03-03 07:12:42 PM
People should be banned from holding a handset for any reason while behind the wheel of a car, due to the danger they pose to others. As for people on foot, let Darwin take care of 'em.
 
2013-03-03 07:22:34 PM

dugitman: I have seen 3 idiots get hit walking in front of cars(and a bike) while texting.


I saw a hawk swoop down and pounce on a mouse once.
It was a bad day for the mouse and a good day for the hawk. Well, ok, I'm not so sure on that last part.  Maybe Hawks don't like the taste of mouse but they just get so hungry that it doesn't matter. Obviously it matters a bit more to the mouse seeing as he's having his entrails yanked out like the the candy in a very tiny, screaming, pinata. One can't suppose he could have been any less happy about this sudden turn of unfortunate events even if the voracious kid with pointy claws on his neck doesn't like the taste of cheap liquorice and imitation jolly ranchers.

....The point is that you can only do so much to legislate against the natural order of things.Its not realistic to waste valuable cop time trying to prevent otherwise legally operating cars from hitting irresponsible people. At least no more than it would be to try and stop hawks from killing mice.

Humans are unique creatures in that we can adapt our behavior without needing personal experiences.  All it takes an effective warning, or demonstration, of why a certain behavior is very bad for ones survival.
I agree we don't need a law. We just need to put a few multitaskers on those "worlds dumbest" shows.
 
2013-03-03 07:29:22 PM

ODDwhun: Texting while driving you might kill me or someone I care about. Texting while walking you may kill yourself. I'm ok with that.


Wouldn't mind a fine should they inconvenience a lot of people because of their own stupidity. Last year, we had a rash of LRT-pedestrian collisions that happened purely because the pedestrian wasn't paying attention. While EMS and other emergency responders mop up the mess, the LRTs couldn't move, and that usually lasts for about an hour. Bonus is that this always happened at rush hour.
 
2013-03-03 07:43:01 PM
Surprisingly, the states that have outlawed texting while driving have had an increase in accidents from texting while driving. Evidently, teens keep the phone down low and have their eyes off the road longer.
 
2013-03-03 07:48:06 PM
I got much amusement from watching texters walk into the railing of a cafe's sidewalk patio.  Please don't take that joy from me!
 
2013-03-03 08:00:45 PM
Crossing a street even when it's permissible but while texting should fall under jaywalking. Don't need a new law for it.
 
2013-03-03 08:02:50 PM
No law needed. I purposefully "accidentally" walk into their phones. It's fun for me, and possibly enlightening for them.
 
2013-03-03 08:20:29 PM
Some lady walked into me and spilled coffee over my pants and shirt while she was texting on her damn phone. 10 years in jail should be acceptable punishment.

/i was standing still and she walked into my back so i didn't see her.
 
2013-03-03 08:22:59 PM

0Icky0: No law needed. I purposefully "accidentally" walk into their phones. It's fun for me, and possibly enlightening for them.


How do you walk into their phone?
 
2013-03-03 08:36:47 PM
I see people doing this all over the damn hospital. There are gurneys, wheelchairs, and lots of people carrying coffee who have to watch out for them. I hate dodging the texters.

I text in the corridors a lot. I step to one side and stop. How hard is that, people?
 
2013-03-03 08:42:25 PM

0Icky0: No law needed. I purposefully "accidentally" walk into their phones. It's fun for me, and possibly enlightening for them.


Rule 48: When you think you're the only sick person doing something, someone else yells yeah, I do that also.
 
2013-03-03 08:53:49 PM
ODDwhun * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-03-03 07:11:13 PM Texting while driving you might kill me or someone I care about. Texting while walking you may kill yourself. I'm ok with that.
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Yeppers. Agreed.
 
2013-03-03 09:01:05 PM

dugitman: Even though I think this is dumb law, in the last couple years I have seen 3 idiots get hit walking in front of cars(and a bike) while texting. One of the guys even got a jaywalking ticket in the back of the ambulance after several witnesses told the responding cop what happened. He was not happy.


I've have seen quite a few idiots walk into traffic while texting, haven't seen anybody get hit yet. What I have seen is people walking into other people, walking into walls, and poles. The silliest so far is that I have seen people fall down stairs because they have been walking and texting and didn't see the stairs.
 
2013-03-03 09:01:40 PM

Carth: Some lady walked into me and spilled coffee over my pants and shirt while she was texting on her damn phone. 10 years in jail should be acceptable punishment.

/i was standing still and she walked into my back so i didn't see her.


Oh, you're one of those. People that stop on a thoroughfare should be run through.
 
2013-03-03 09:02:44 PM
I use a telegraph when I walk.
 
2013-03-03 09:31:39 PM

0Icky0: No law needed. I purposefully "accidentally" walk into their phones. It's fun for me, and possibly enlightening for them.


I'm always amused by people who think the best solution to dealing with assholes is to be an asshole. Because, if anything makes a situation better, it's increasing the problem.
 
2013-03-03 09:37:05 PM
I don't believe in laws against stupidity, or at least ones that only seek to protect the individual from his or her own stupidity.  Like seatbelt laws, man I hate those.  Now don't get me wrong, I always wear a seatbelt when I'm in a car.  It was drilled into me by my parents from a very young age, and it stuck with me when I started driving; it's automatic, I don't even consciously think about it  But if some dumbass doesn't want to wear one, I say let them.  It's their life they are putting at risk and no one else. Oh, and all those awareness campaigns about the law saying "it's about saving lives" - bullshiat!  It's about making money.
 
2013-03-03 09:38:27 PM

dugitman: I have seen 3 idiots get hit walking in front of cars


I almost ran over a woman in a parking lot today who had her nose in her phone and was paying zero attention, so I am getting a kick out of this statement

/was so close this time
 
2013-03-03 09:40:45 PM

ArcadianRefugee: 0Icky0: No law needed. I purposefully "accidentally" walk into their phones. It's fun for me, and possibly enlightening for them.

I'm always amused by people who think the best solution to dealing with assholes is to be an asshole. Because, if anything makes a situation better, it's increasing the problem.


not really. Avoiding them as they veer into you is being part of the problem. people who text walk in erratic ways. If they get knocked around by passing pedestrians it's possible they will smarten up.
 
2013-03-03 09:55:03 PM

President Merkin Muffley: Carth: Some lady walked into me and spilled coffee over my pants and shirt while she was texting on her damn phone. 10 years in jail should be acceptable punishment.

/i was standing still and she walked into my back so i didn't see her.

Oh, you're one of those. People that stop on a thoroughfare should be run through.


I was on a metro platform.
 
2013-03-03 10:20:35 PM
Nevada has a practice that pedestrians always have right of way and they are taught from a very young age that it is perfectly acceptable to just walk out into the middle of the street because if they get hit it's like winning the lottery.
 
2013-03-03 11:17:31 PM
There's ice pretty much everywhere, so people who text and walk tend to break bones.

Of course, it's usually too cold for phones and fingers to work anyway.

Outdoors, of course.
 
2013-03-04 12:23:58 AM

december: not really. Avoiding them as they veer into you is being part of the problem. people who text walk in erratic ways. If they get knocked around by passing pedestrians it's possible they will smarten up.


Exactly. In the same mode, I step on the feet and bowl over the people who try to push into the train/subway car as I and others are trying to exit.
 
2013-03-04 12:39:47 AM

Plant Rights Activist: Nevada has a practice that pedestrians always have right of way and they are taught from a very young age that it is perfectly acceptable to just walk out into the middle of the street because if they get hit it's like winning the lottery.


Not if you don't survive it.  And even if you do, unless the person that hits you just happens to be loaded you're going to be dealing with their insurance company for any payout.  So you might have all of your medical expenses covered, but good luck getting anything else out of them.
 
2013-03-04 04:28:12 AM
Once again- thanks, nanny state.
 
2013-03-04 05:05:35 AM

darth_shatner: Once again- thanks, nanny state.


Hey, you want to use the public government's airwaves, you follow their rules.
 
2013-03-04 07:47:01 AM

Neondistraction: I don't believe in laws against stupidity, or at least ones that only seek to protect the individual from his or her own stupidity.  Like seatbelt laws, man I hate those.  Now don't get me wrong, I always wear a seatbelt when I'm in a car.  It was drilled into me by my parents from a very young age, and it stuck with me when I started driving; it's automatic, I don't even consciously think about it  But if some dumbass doesn't want to wear one, I say let them.  It's their life they are putting at risk and no one else. Oh, and all those awareness campaigns about the law saying "it's about saving lives" - bullshiat!  It's about making money.


Wrong.

One person, unbuckled, in a car accident with other passengers in the vehicle becomes a 200 lb bouncy ball. Friend is an EMT and has spoke of some incredible, tragic, scenes he's come across. One in particular about two guys who should have been fine in a crash, were in not for the third in the backseat who bludgeoned them into brain damage country by not wearing a seatbelt.

Stupidity has a minimum safe distance. Laws should reflect that. Seatbelt laws do.
 
2013-03-04 08:13:28 AM

ThreadSinger: Neondistraction: I don't believe in laws against stupidity, or at least ones that only seek to protect the individual from his or her own stupidity.  Like seatbelt laws, man I hate those.  Now don't get me wrong, I always wear a seatbelt when I'm in a car.  It was drilled into me by my parents from a very young age, and it stuck with me when I started driving; it's automatic, I don't even consciously think about it  But if some dumbass doesn't want to wear one, I say let them.  It's their life they are putting at risk and no one else. Oh, and all those awareness campaigns about the law saying "it's about saving lives" - bullshiat!  It's about making money.

Wrong.

One person, unbuckled, in a car accident with other passengers in the vehicle becomes a 200 lb bouncy ball. Friend is an EMT and has spoke of some incredible, tragic, scenes he's come across. One in particular about two guys who should have been fine in a crash, were in not for the third in the backseat who bludgeoned them into brain damage country by not wearing a seatbelt.

Stupidity has a minimum safe distance. Laws should reflect that. Seatbelt laws do.


Then it should be up to the other people in the car to make them buckle up.
 
2013-03-04 11:34:51 AM

ThreadSinger: Neondistraction: I don't believe in laws against stupidity, or at least ones that only seek to protect the individual from his or her own stupidity.  Like seatbelt laws, man I hate those.  Now don't get me wrong, I always wear a seatbelt when I'm in a car.  It was drilled into me by my parents from a very young age, and it stuck with me when I started driving; it's automatic, I don't even consciously think about it  But if some dumbass doesn't want to wear one, I say let them.  It's their life they are putting at risk and no one else. Oh, and all those awareness campaigns about the law saying "it's about saving lives" - bullshiat!  It's about making money.

Wrong.

One person, unbuckled, in a car accident with other passengers in the vehicle becomes a 200 lb bouncy ball. Friend is an EMT and has spoke of some incredible, tragic, scenes he's come across. One in particular about two guys who should have been fine in a crash, were in not for the third in the backseat who bludgeoned them into brain damage country by not wearing a seatbelt.

Stupidity has a minimum safe distance. Laws should reflect that. Seatbelt laws do.


Did you know people sometimes slip in the shower AND DIE?!?!?! ZOMG ban showers!

Shiat happens. Get a helmet.
 
2013-03-04 12:55:11 PM

Eps05: Crossing a street even when it's permissible but while texting should fall under jaywalking. Don't need a new law for it.




You don't sound tough on crime. Are you a criminal?
 
2013-03-04 01:02:08 PM
Please yes. Though if it become a law here in NYC, its at risk for being called discriminatory since it seems 90% of the people i see with their heads down in their phones chugging along on the sidewalk are women.
 
2013-03-04 01:19:01 PM

0Icky0: No law needed. I purposefully "accidentally" walk into their phones. It's fun for me, and possibly enlightening for them.


Back in early 2010, I was walking along the far right of the sidewalk, across the street from Seattle Public Library, checking my bank balance. That involved glancing down, keying in my account #, listening, glancing down again, keying in the last four of my social security #, then glancing down again to close my then-new flip phone.

I glance up the last time and this guy's about to walk into me, and he has this really smug look on his face; I didn't know you could smirk so hard it looks like it'll split your face.

I sidestep; he sidesteps towards me.
I move far enough that I'm brushing the plate glass; he throws out an elbow to shove me in the stomach.

I always wondered WTF his problem was; apparently  he wasn't paying attention to what's going on (someone who's already put their phone away, trying to get away from him); he was just thinking about how clever he'll sound on Fark that night, sharing how he dispenses his own brand of street justice.

Good on you, sir; the only safe place to use your cellphone is seated on a bench, or standing WAY off to the side. Away from people like you.

:p
 
2013-03-04 11:36:04 PM

0z79: I sidestep; he sidesteps towards me.
I move far enough that I'm brushing the plate glass; he throws out an elbow to shove me in the stomach.


OK..that's nothing to do with me.
Take it up with him.
I don't seek out and destroy. But if somebody steps into my path while looking down at her phone, it's not my job to jump.
 
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