- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2013

A Nevada lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would make it unlawful to cross a busy street while texting.

The bill, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Munford of Las Vegas, would give first-time offenders nothing more than a warning, but third-time offenders would receive a pricey ticket amounting up to $250.

“I was just amazed by what I saw,” Mr. Munford told the Los Angeles Times. “So many people are almost oblivious. They are texting and texting, totally unaware as they cross even six-lane highways.”

“When kids get out of school, where they’ve been banned from using their phones all day, they go immediately to their texts,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve seen several close calls myself where people have almost been hit. Kids are so addicted to those things. It’s almost become a plague.”

The bill makes exceptions for people who have a medical emergency or are reporting criminal activity.

“For everybody else,” Mr. Munford told the L.A. Times, “it’s just a bit of common sense.”

Fort Lee, N.J., passed a similar ban last year that punished jaywalkers who text.

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