You have probably heard of the dangers of texting while driving, but have you heard of texting while walking? According to a news report in The Huffington Post, 117 pedestrians in Fort Lee have faced citations for jaywalking since the city began citing pedestrians for texting while walking. Officials say they only issue tickets to pedestrians who are breaking pedestrian laws while texting and that there is no direct ban on texting while walking.
This increase in citing distracted pedestrians is a direct reaction to the number of pedestrian accidents that occur in Fort Lee every year. In the year 2011, 74 pedestrian accidents occurred in Fort Lee, three of which resulted in fatalities. Officials hope that their crackdown on distracted jaywalking will help reduce these numbers.
According to an ABC News report, 60 percent of texters fail to walk in a straight line and that sending or reading a text message disrupts your ability to walk naturally. It is important that motorists exercise due care to avoid striking pedestrians, but pedestrians who step into traffic while staring at their smartphones simply expose themselves to danger.
All pedestrians in New Jersey would be well advised to obey traffic control devices, to utilize sidewalks and crosswalks, and to only step onto the roadway when it is clear that they have the right-of-way. If you are a pedestrian who has been injured by a negligent driver, please contact an experienced Princeton pedestrian accident lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights.
The skilled legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein knows how to get injured pedestrians the compensation they need and rightfully deserve following an injury accident. If you have been injured in a New Jersey car accident, please call our offices (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.