Fort Lee, N.J. Cracking Down On ‘Dangerous Walking’ By Handing Out Summonses

(CBS New York)   Forget dangerous driving, pedestrians are the new threat to street safety — phone calls, texting, music and wandering into traffic. Now, one New Jersey town is cracking down on the practice.

Fort Lee’s police chief has seen his share of careless pedestrians texting or talking on the phone in his own town. He said he has counted 23 pedestrian accidents since January, ranging from minor bumps and bruises to three fatalities.

After trying pamphlets and brochures, he’s ordering his officers to ticket careless pedestrians on the spot.

“They’re not alert and they’re not watching what they’re doing,” Police Chief Thomas Ripoli told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis. “As of now, they are to give summonses to pedestrians who do not adhere to crosswalks and the lights.”

Unlike careless driving, there’s no specific charge for being a careless pedestrian, but Chief Ripoli said his officers are watching, adding they’ll know it when they see it.

Mario Petris can certainly attest to the dangers. One of his personal training clients was hit and killed two months ago.

“She was on the cell phone and she got hit by a car, fatal accident,” Petris said.

The problem has gotten so bad, careless pedestrians in Fort Lee could be committing a fatal offense. Fort Lee is also cracking down on careless drivers, who could face a $200 fine.

4 Responses to Fort Lee, N.J. Cracking Down On ‘Dangerous Walking’ By Handing Out Summonses

  • It would seem to me that getting zapped by a car would be sufficient enough as far as a "fine" is concerned but I have a funny feeling that additional revenue generation isn’t too far from the local government’s thought process.

  • This is the most pathetic display of Big Brother control I have ever seen. The only thing more pathetic is the apathetic, ignorant Americans that allowed the greatest country in the world to fall this far.

  • Sounds like another way to extract money from the citizenry

  • Ditto! IT’s good way to squeeze more money from the victims! Bah! I hardly think the cops -tptb have the benefit of the Human Beings, in mind!

    The vampires do exist- tptb are now only getting taxes every whith way- double and triple taxing on the same things, but they mean to squeeze the last drop of blood from Humans.

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