The War on Texting While Walking

Texting while walking can result in a few things: misspelling words, tripping, and, yes, even falling off piers. But does that mean it should be outlawed? One Nevada politician thinks so, and he’s waging the war against texting while walking (cue the dramatic music).

Nevada Assembly Bill 123 “prohibits certain pedestrians from manually typing or entering text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device while crossing a highway.”

Obviously the bill, proposed by Assemblyman Harvey Munford D-Las Vegas, is rooted in good intentions. But is it really the government’s job to “save us” from ourselves? Politicians do boneheaded things all the time, and they would balk at the notion of voters trying to pass a law to keep them in line.

Also, a ban on texting while crossing the street would be like a the government’s version of a gateway drug. First it’s the highway, then it’s no texting while walking in your own neighborhood, and eventually it’s no texting while checking the mailbox.

And just when you start to believe that saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” be warned that this nanny state mentality could spread nationwide. In fact, the Nevada bill was inspired by a similar one in Fort Lee, N.J.

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