Police State: Town To Ticket Pedestrians For Texting, Talking While Walking...

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    This should get all the Nanny/Police State Cheerleaders pretty excited. 'Dangerous Walking?' Man, what will they come up with next?


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

    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.

    Fort Lee, New Jersey Cracking Down On 'Dangerous Walking' By Handing Out Summonses « CBS New York
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    Somebody lost another liberty,, where is fedfan?
     
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    Run 'em down and leave them on the side of the road. Who needs freedom robbing laws and government-sponsored health care? if you can't crawl to the hospital with proof of insurance in hand, you don't deserve to live.
     
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    Let me see if I got this right. The police chief was concerned about people being distracted by reading their texts while walking, so he tried handing out "pamphlets and brochures".

    Irony so think you can eat it with a fork.

    But hey what's a little lost liberty if we can make a the town's know-it-all planner feel like he's doing the right thing? That's what keeps us cozy and warm and night.
     
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    Haven't anti-jaywalking statutes been on the books for quite a while? Why bring them up now, when enforcing them might actually save some lives?
     
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    Indeed they have. So many new laws are unnecessary because the offensive action is already covered under a previously enacted law. The planners and their sheeple are less into enforcing existing laws than they are into enacting new ones. Every generation's planners are just sure they not only know what's best for everyone else, but they know better than past planners. It's the nature of the beast.
     
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    Looks like another Big Brother dirty trick. A Tax disguised as another 'It's for your own good' fine. 'Dangerous Walking.' What a country.
     
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    Cops aren't there for your safety anymore, they're "revenue generators".
     
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    Their ticketing them for ridiculous things like this because the states and cities are broke as fuck, got to get the money somehow I guess.
     
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    Yes, 'To protect and serve' is long long gone now. Big Brother looted the Treasury. And now he needs more revenue. These types of 'Fines' which are really just new Taxes, are on a rapid rise. Big Brother realized some time ago that if you call it a 'It's for your own good' fine, the sheep will be receptive and accept it. You could be 'Fined' or even imprisoned for almost anything these days. We really have become a Police State. It's so sad.
     

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