New Jersey legislator proposes fine for texting and walking

Two women text and walk down the street in this undated photo. (KGO-TV)

In California, it's against the law to text and drive. Some legislators are trying to do the same thing with texting and walking.

A New Jersey legislator is the latest to propose a bill that would fine "texter-walkers" $50 and for repeat offenders, 15 days in jail.

She says people distracted by their smartphones and crossing the road are as much a danger to motorists as jaywalkers and should be held to the same penalty.

A 2010 report showed two million injuries to "texter-walkers."

Several states have tried and failed to enact the same laws. Hawaii wants to impose a $250 fine.
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