New Jersey Town Bans Texting While Walking

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While Idaho prepares to institute its first ban of texting while driving on July 1, texters in Fort Lee, N.J., should be doubly aware. That's where police are issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are texting while walking.

Fort Lee officers handed out pamphlets during a grace period in March before beginning to go after what they call "dangerous walkers."

According to the New Jersey Record, more than 117 tickets have been issued thus far.

In a study by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, professors found that texters are 60 percent more likely to "veer off line" than non-texters.

"We want to raise awareness that a real disruption occurs because of texting," Eric Lamberg, co-author of the study, told Long Island Business News. "Texting disrupts your ability much more than does talking."