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Should Distracted Walkers Be Fined?

Texting and talking while walking is becoming increasingly common as smart phones never leave our hands. Just how dangerous is this and should it be made illegal.

We’ve all laughed, or at least some of us have, when we've seen the man or woman texting on a cell phone, then suddenly trip over an unexpected curb. But it isn't always funny. In a story on this problem reported by the Redwood City-Woodside Patch back in the summer, it was reported that injuries from distracted walking resulted in emergency room visits more than quadrupling in the past seven years.

City and transportation officials across the country have labeled distracted walking as a serious public safety issue that needs addressing.

Salt Lake City pedestrians face a $50 fine for using cellphones, headphones and other distracting electronic devices while crossing the light rail tracks, the Utah Transit Authority decided and  Philidelphia and a New Jersey city banned texting while walking. Other cities in Arkansas, Illinois and New York, however, have unsuccessfully tried to pass distracted walking bills. The Redwood-Woodside Patch reported on an April Fool's Day joke last year that had Philadelphia officials taping off a e-lane for distracted pedestrians using electronics. People didn't realize it was a joke.

Are bills and fines banning communicating while walking in a public place necessary for our own good or too limiting on our freedoms?

Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 02:41 AM
RacerX - speaking of Biden...I find it curious that the media picked up on his remarks about why you don't need an automatic weapon with his example of how all you have to do (he apparently told his wife this) is go outside and get off a few shots in the air and the intruder will run away. Of course they missed this little ditty - Uh.....isn't it ILLEGAL to shoot off a gun within certain limits? Check out where he lives then check out the laws there (it's a felony where he lives). Ok, I said that to say this....the people you waste your time debating on here are represented by him. I'd be embarrassed- again- but that's just me lolol
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 23, 2013 at 03:12 AM
To that same end with respect to conscience or personal responsibility, neither do those who claim to care from the "progressive pool" who support government action everywhere by tax - rather than personal involvement. Writing a check to giverment and saying "Handle it, handle it... simply won't get it. It's been that way since the temple stood in one piece in Israel, and will most likely stay that way until its rebuilt. Dark humor? Well everything can at some point make somebody, somewhere cry...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 23, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Its really refreshing to hear democrats come out especially when they reminisce about the past here in GA., about how all the ladies didn't drive and such. You just have to ask yourselves who were the power brokers during those eras?
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Racer, I didn't say KT is in a vacuum - I said bubble - right wing (political) bubble. I hope most people are multi-dimensional and aren't only about their politics. I'm glad you have him, too. I'm sure there's no room in your corner for anyone but conservo-types. Besides, I would be in the corner with the children and helpless. :)
Karsten Torch February 23, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Strangely enough, that's what I've been saying. We all need people. We just don't need government to do it for us. People are amazingly giving and thoughtful. Until, at least, government steps in. Because then people don't think they need to be giving. After all, gubmint's got this.... Conservatives clearly understand this concept better. Shows why those on the right give more in time and money to charities than those on the left. The left figures they've done their jobs by getting the government to rob from the rich and give to the...well...not-rich.....
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Mr. B, you are judging me. You say I am surrounded by evil and have it in my heart. I am surrounded by only good people, all Christians of varying denominations. I live a good and blessed life. You don't get to define judging. Judging is what judging is, and it is what you're doing. You are the one who said no sparring with me until April 1 so that you don't break your covenant. I guess you included in that promise what you define "sparring" to be. Huh? You see, here's my problem with you and your Patch sister-in-kind: Until I started writing comments on Patch, I had never experienced a Christian using their "faith" as a weapon of aggression, as in badgering, judging, humiliating and shaming. I have known of "Christians" who think only their denomination or specific church is populated by those going to heaven, being saved. That and your kind of Christian treatment is so wrong as to probably turn unknown souls away, not toward, Jesus. You have no way of knowing who is reading these public forums and how your rigid, wrong-way views may negatively influence them. That's why it's really hard for me to believe in your alleged Lenten discipline. I believe the focus should be on your own preparation, not to publicly judge, harass and condemn someone else. It's why your story seems like a prank in bad taste. I know my relationship with God. It is not defined and confined to what you think. I'll take a pass on your strange kind of "love".
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I am surprised that you claim a traditional, main-stream denomination. I'm a bit disappointed to know. My sister and brother are Methodists. They have never presented the sort of statements about their faith that you do. I need to have a conversation with them. Maybe they can intercede for you. I'm sure my dark and evil heart would do you no good. Have a nice, prayerful weekend, brother Mr. B. :)
Karsten Torch February 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
"Besides, I would be in the corner with the children and helpless." Kind of a scary thought, to be honest with you. The problem is that you'll be teaching them that nothing is their fault, there's nothing they can do to fix their lot in life, and they may as well be relying on the government, because they will be taking money from the evil rich and giving it to them. It's thoughts like this that make me weep for our future....
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Karsten, I fear that you're unreachable. Despite that, have a nice weekend :)
Karsten Torch February 23, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I'm going to try. I hopy you do, as well...
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 03:01 PM
In addition to Matthew 7:1, probably the most often quoted, there are other passages on judging, Luke 6:41, John 8:7, Romans 14:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5 Luke 6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. James 4:11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. We are all sinners. Some just work harder at it.
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 03:07 PM
OMG, Karsten! What in the world is wrong with you? What a dark statement. :(
Good Grief Y'all February 23, 2013 at 03:11 PM
John B, in the South, they were the Dixiecrats, currently known as Republicans. You have a nice w/e, too. :) PS I never said the ladies didn't drive. Although, my mother-in-law didn't drive. She had to be at home to make 3 meals a day and tend to the kiddies. No venturing out in the world for her. She did get to watch her stories, though. She was a lovely person and my father-in-law was a very good man. It was the times in which they lived.
John B February 23, 2013 at 03:35 PM
GGY...slow down missy...I think you were replying to R in reference to Dixiecrats but in your zeal to pump out another post you replied to me. Not surprised..your mouth usually runs before your brain kicks in....oh...and have a nice weekend.
Mr. B February 23, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Be silent sister GGY. 1 Timothy 2:12. Pause and reflect. Do not allow evil to rule your speech.
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Yep. I think if everyone keeps in mind that it is HIS righteousness that make us justified, then we'll all be ok. Mankind has from the beginning tried his/her own righteousness and fails everytime it rises its ugly head. I love the whole book of Romans chapter 7 (on the flesh and natural tendencies because of it). It culminates in Chapter 8 that is has all been done through the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no condemnation for those who are found in Him who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. We are all sinners, but I'm not sure it's up to us to decide who does it more - we'd have to be perfect in order to do that! :))) Have a good one guys, I think we've managed too big a slide to recover the subject matter at this point. lol
Karsten Torch February 23, 2013 at 04:05 PM
I'll admit, it was dark. But accurate, nonetheless.....
Karsten Torch February 23, 2013 at 04:12 PM
See, I don't think GGY is evil in heart or intentions - far from it. Probably one of the best people that we have the honor of talking to, honestly. I really do believe that she'd give the shirt off her back for somebody that needs it. The real problem is, she's misguided. She'd probably be more likely to want the government to force somebody else to give the shirt off their back. Same overall result, just a little backwards way of getting there. It goes back to the OP - Should disctracted walkers be fined? This is a classic way of pitting the pro-government against the too-much government crowds. Not that that's what the OP was trying to do, it's just what happens. Especially in this day and age. Common sense and the thought of actually expecting people to do something because it's truly in their best interest has given way to regulating good behavior. Which, to my way of thinking, isn't really good behavior at all, if the only reason you keep from doing something is to not be fined or harrassed. The real problem I see with the pro-government crowd is the end result. Socialism and Communism have never worked, not in anything close to a pure state. It has to be forced. And that's the only logical end result of more and more government intervention in the hope of forcing equality or even success. We need to not be scared to offend people by expecting them to succeed.
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Oh my goodness Mr. B! I just read that-please don't get that started! lol There is scripture that has a deep spiritual truth for all time that comes directly from the spirit and cannot be altered, but there are some that are related to the times. Apparently in that culture, they were very out of order (in many areas) and that was for that particular church. Later on you'll find that there is references to a family where some prophetesses resided - women prophets. So, no diss from God on women - not about that ('cause I know where that could go-lol). ALL can be anointed to teach, preach, etc... but all has to be in order (humble submission to one another) - ALL OF US. :))) Not sure where the book of pot stirring is, and the book of Revelation says not to add on jot or tittle to it either, so you can't add another book - lolol
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Good post KT.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Beg pardon, John B. You are correct, sir. My comment was intended as a reply to R+. I doubt he feels slighted. You, however, should not feel flattered that my attention inadvertently went to you. It's more that your name pops up so often. You're the party of zealous posts in your mission to always insult, rather than contribute. And, you're such a gentleman in your writings . . . never.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Only in your mind, Karsten. Only in your mind.
John B February 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM
oh but I am flattered GGY..you just can't get me off your mind..like I said, your mouth runs before anything else engages....that's why no one has an ounce of respect for you....and I know...you don't care..blah, blah, blah....but I give you credit for one thing. You're a heck of a lot more transparent than the dipstick rock start in office right now. Have a great day! Time to go to work. I don't take hand outs.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM
B, you can save yourself the trouble with your Bible references. I never read your suggestions. It isn't right to use God's word for ill. I know you don't offer them in a Christian spirit, but to play to your audience.
Racer X February 25, 2013 at 01:30 PM
C'mon sequester!
Mr. B February 25, 2013 at 01:30 PM
You are my audience GGY. I will happily provide you with a Bible if you don't have one.
Mr. B February 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM
In context. God lays scriptures on my heart. I don't question Him as to why.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
B, I'm not your audience - I'm your target. Continuous insults with God's word is no way to observe the Lenten season, or any season. I know you will be so relieved when April 1 gets here so you can really give me what for. You should stop breaking your covenant and save up more.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Admittedly, JB, your name does leave a bad taste and blight on my eyesight, but you only come to mind when I read another of your insults. If I were seeking respect by posting on L-G Patch, I would pretend to be extreme right wing :D It is really quite the compliment that you and your band of naysayers zero in on anything I write.
Good Grief Y'all February 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Key word: balance. This life needs a balanced approach, not one-sided. No one entity, group or individual can do it all.

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