Distracted Walking Laws Are Becoming More Prevalent, Coming to California?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Living in Southern California, we are all aware of the distracted driving laws. Essentially it is illegal to text or talk on a cell phone while driving without the use of a hands free device.

Whether or not distracted driving laws have actually cut down on the number of people texting away while cruising down the freeway is a subject for debate, but it given police another reason to pull over drivers and investigate bigger crimes.

Bobby Brown’s criminal defense attorney made a few extra dollars this past week when the singer was pulled over for talking on his cell phone while driving and ultimately was arrested for a DUI. As common as distracted driving laws are across the country, more and more municipalities are beginning to pass “distracted walking” laws.
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Yes, they are trying to make it illegal to text while walking.
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There have been several videos posted to sites like YouTube showing people walking into faountains, poles and other objects while texting. But there have also been tragic stories of people walking right into oncoming traffic because they couldn’t just put their phones down.

But is government going too far by passing these laws? Distracted driving laws make sense because you are a danger to others when you are behind the wheel of a car. When your head is buried in a text message while walking around you are typically the only person in any danger.

What do you think? Should California lawmakers pass a distracted walking law, or should people be trusted to watch where they are going and leave their health and safety in their own hands?

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