(ENGADGET) — There’s no question that using your phone while walking can be a problem — cities have tried everything from dedicated sidewalk lanes to padded lamp posts to prevent collisions with distracted pedestrians. They’ve even (unsuccessfully) tried to pass laws.
However, that isn’t stopping New Jersey assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt. She recently introduced a bill that would ban any hands-on use of electronic communication devices while walking on the state’s public pathways.
Get caught and you’d face the same penalties as jaywalking, which could include up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail. Lampitt argues that you pose “just as much danger” as a jaywalker, since you may unwittingly smack into a car while you catch up with friends.