The 21st Century Jay-Walker: New Jersey Town Will Start Ticketing "Twext"-ers
Should we be penalizing people like this or just accept that it's a (sometimes hilarious) side-effect of the Information Age? The authorities in Fort Lee, New Jersey, are choosing the former.
In a recent quasi-legal move, police officers in the village have shifted their position on "twexting" (worst technological lexicon combination ever) and will begin to hit these messengers with a summons ticket if spotted. According to the police chief of the town, 23 accidents have occurred due to the twexting "epidemic," giving his force enough reason to penalize the activity all together. Except one thing: is that legal?
The move mostly focuses on people who disregard the traffic rule. For example, Susan may walk against a stop light because she is so enveloped in sending "Lolz." However, the new rule is being extended to include mobile music as well so unknowingly changing a song on your iPhone may land you a seat in traffic court.
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