Tuesday, July 29, 2008

But it IS laughable.

from the Chicago Tribune

The Illinois General Assembly bill, also known as HB 4520, was introduced in January by Rep. Ken Dunkin (D- Chicago), who then insisted: "This legislation is not laughable. On the surface it's like, 'Oh wow, what is this?' But it's becoming more and more of a common problem with people haplessly crossing an intersection and almost killing themselves."

Under the proposed law, Illinois residents would get slapped with a misdemeanor and a $25 fine if caught using a cell phone or other wireless device while traversing streets.

A misdemeanor and a fine for using your cell phone or texting WHILE WALKING!


  1. Yay....I feel safer already. They gonna check the thickness of your undies in the winter so you don't get frosbite.......

  2. Uhm...
    First, this proposed law only pertains to CROSSING the street, not walking along the sidewalk. While I may agree that the government shouldn't be our Nanny, let's be clear on the details.

    Second, this law would codify that a text messaging pedestrian who walks into traffic and gets hurt is at fault. Otherwise the innocent driver is due for a lengthy court battle against a careles nit wit.


  3. Do you need a law to tell you not to walk in front of a moving vehicle? Texting or not? Darwin's law, man.

  4. As an aside, anyone but me notice the latest talking on a cell phone while driving tactic: Hold the phone in your right hand when chatting so it's more difficult to be seen with the phone to your ear?

    I've noticed a number of people doing that lately.


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