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"WCBS 880" featured Pace University student Mia Stella in "New York State Legislators Propose Banning Texting While Walking"

05/21/2019 News Release Image

""WCBS 880" featured Pace University student Mia Stella in "New York State Legislators Propose Banning Texting While Walking"

People distracted by their smartphones while crossing the street could soon face hefty fines in New York.

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and State Sen. John Liu are sponsoring a bill that would fine people caught texting while crossing the street $25 to $50 for the first offense.

“The bill is not just about enforcement. It's really more to remind New Yorkers that ‘hey, crossing the street while texting is a really, really bad idea,’” Liu said.

Repeat offenders caught within an 18-month period could be fined up to $250 for each additional instance.

Still, New Yorkers seem more ambivalent.

“I think that’s just the habit. We’re all attached to our phones,” said 18-year-old Pace University student Mia Stella, “I think that regardless if there's laws on it...if you're gonna get fined, I think people are still gonna do it regardless.”

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