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New Jersey bill would fine people $50 for texting while walking

HOUSTON – A New Jersey lawmaker is trying to fight distracted walking with a fine and possible jail sentence. 

Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt introduced legislation that would slap a $50 fine on people who use their phones while crossing the street. They could also face 15 days in jail in addition to that fine. 

The idea for the bill stems from Lampitt's own personal experience while working at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She knew a student who was on his phone when he was hit and killed by a bus while crossing the street. 

It's unclear when New Jersey lawmakers will debate the bill.