Politician Attempts To Ban Texting While Crossing RoadsSubmitted by Jao171 on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:09
If the legislators in this country continue down their current path, by the year 2020 citizens will only be allowed to send or receive text messages in a padded room, under the watchful eye of an employee of the State. Unfortunately, this inevitable trend toward the State gaining complete control of your cell phone operations continued this week in Carson City, NV.
CBS Las Vegas provided coverage of a local do-gooder, Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford, who has introduced a bill that would essentially ban touching your phone while crossing the street.
A bill before the Nevada Assembly would make it illegal for pedestrians to read, browse the internet or enter data with hand-held devices while crossing highways in the state.
Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford introduced AB123 during the floor session Thursday. He says his intention is for the law to apply to all state roads, even in residential areas.
The bill makes exceptions for uses concerning medical emergencies, safety hazards and reporting criminal activity. Public employees and contractors responding to an emergency are also immune to the restrictions.
Munford says increasing frequency of incidents involving people crossing roadways while using phones motivated his bill.
First offenses would result in a written warning, with second and third offenses incurring $100 and $250 fines.