“Cell phone zombies” might start getting ticketed onthe busy sidewalks of New York City if a proposed lawin the New York state legislature gets passed.
Under the proposal, people crossing the street withtheir nose buried in their phone could face fines ofbetween $25 to $250. The legislation targetspeople “using a portable electronic device whilecrossing a roadway,” and makes exceptions foremergency response and other medical personnel.
“[The bill] does not say you can’t talk on the phone,” the bill’s sponsor, New York statesenator John Liu, told the Guardian. “We’re talking about handheld devices … you can wait thefive seconds to get to the other side.”
New York state reports about 300 pedestrian fatalities a year, per statistics cited by theGuardian, but it’s unclear how many of those deaths are actually caused by people distractedby their phones. Lui says his law can significantly reduce fatalities.
The bill is already facing opposition. Marco Conner of Transportation Alternatives said acellphone pedestrian law might turn into an instrument used by police to unfairly target racialgroups. He also called the bill “victim blaming in disguise.”
这项法案面临反对。来自交通替代组织(Transportation Alternatives)地Marco Conner说，对于行人的手机禁令将会让有色人种成文警察的目标，造成不公平对待。他把这条称作“变相指责受害者”法案。
Now the only question is whether the fine would triple for that extra-dangerous sort who uses acellphone while also jaywalking.