Getting Arrested For Walking And Texting Coming Soon

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You probably shouldn’t walk across a street and look at your phone at the same time. Now New York might make it illegal.

A bill sponsored by Democrats who control the state Legislature would allow police to issue a ticket between $25 to $50 for a first offense of getting caught texting while walking — unless you can prove it was an emergency.

The law would be simple enough, the bill states: “No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any point while using any portable electronic device.”

The bill was first introduced last year by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, but it picked up majority support in the Senate earlier this month from Sen. John Liu, D-Queens.

“It has been proven that distraction from texting while walking can cause pedestrians to cross roads very unsafely,” the bill said.

“Not only can trips and falls occur, but even getting hit is more than just a possibility.”