Skip to main content

Distracted Walking Fines for Cell Phone Users

  • Published: 2012-07-12 - Contact: Young and Adams
  • Synopsis: Communities are so concerned with cellphone use while walking they are starting to implement fines for distracted walking.

Main Document

Everyone's heard about the dangers of texting and driving. But even smartphone-obsessed pedestrians face risk of injury and death from distracted walking accidents.

How many people have tripped or had other minor accidents because they were engrossed in their cellphones

For example, a 45-year-old woman recently fell into Lake Michigan when she walked off a pier while texting. She had to be rescued from the lake. In another example of how dangerous cellphone distraction can be, a California woman was killed after she crossed the street and ignored a red light because she was talking on her cellphone.

An Ohio State University study found that there were 1,000 emergency room visits across the nation due to pedestrian cellphone accidents in 2008; just imagine how much that number has grown with the increasing use of smart phones in recent years.

Fines for Distracted Walking

Many communities are so concerned with cellphone use while walking that they are starting to implement fines for distracted walking. For example, police in Fort Lee, New Jersey, issue $85 fines for careless walking.

These communities may be taking just the right steps to protect everyone. Pedestrian deaths increased 4.2 percent in 2010 and injuries increased by 19 percent. Car crash deaths, however, are decreasing in most areas. The rise in pedestrian deaths follows a 14 percent decrease between 2000 and 2009. Some attribute this increase, at least in part, to pedestrian distraction.

Public Awareness Campaigns

Delaware is taking a creative solution to the problem of walker distraction. Some communities in that state post signs on the sidewalk urging people to "look up." Many pedestrians believe that texting or Internet browsing while walking is safe, but when walking down the street people must make sure to keep their attention on the road because drivers may not see them before it's too late. This is especially true when drivers have a green light or do not have a stop sign.

More Data Needed

More data is needed to discover whether the increase in pedestrian deaths is due to distracted walking. It is important, however, that pedestrians remain alert when walking around town. Drivers also need to remain alert and watch for pedestrians.

Pedestrians injured in accidents may have a legal remedy against the person that caused the accident. Through a personal-injury lawsuit, an injured pedestrian can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Article provided by Young And Adams - Visit us at


  1. Texting and Driving - Teen-led Study Highlights Dangers - Will a ban on texting while driving lead to more crashes because drivers will conceal cell phones making it more dangerous to read and type messages.
  2. Headphone Wearing Pedestrians Struck by Cars and Trains More Than Triple - Serious injuries to pedestrians listening to headphones have more than tripled and in many cases cars or trains are sounding horns that pedestrians cannot hear leading to fatalities in nearly three-quarters of cases.
  3. Whiplash Injury Information and How to Claim - Are you aware of how important compensation for a whiplash injury can be as often a whiplash injury claim is overlooked or is under-compensated.


     What will I receive?

Money ChartLoan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Abraham LincolnFamous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

Pink awareness ribbonList of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Chart IconBlood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be. Also see information on blood group types and compatibility.

  1. Arson Attack On British Special Needs School Causes £23,000 Worth Of Damage
  2. New Guideline on Uncommon Risk of Death in Epilepsy - Seizure Control May Reduce Risk
  3. Diabetes Type 1 and 2 On The Rise Among Children and Teens
  4. Game Changer: The Remarkable Story of Caroline's Cart
  5. Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Help Achieve Nutrition Goals