Texting while walking crackdown
Lucky Larroso didn't think she was in any danger as she crossed West 57th Street in New York while typing a text message.
May 25th, 2012
03:33 PM ET

Texting while walking crackdown

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - The old joke about a not-so-bright person goes, “He’s so dumb, he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.” Very little thought goes into either task. But what happens if you combine walking and texting?

“People aren’t watching where they are walking, they’re texting, they’re on their cell phones, they have their iPods on, and they’re just not aware of their surroundings,” said Thomas Ripoli, the Police Chief in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The number of pedestrians struck by cars in his town this year is growing. Four such incidents ended in death.

So Chief Ripoli went on a mission. He told his cops to look out for people who are not paying attention while crossing the street. “Our focus is to make people aware of their surroundings and to keep their eyes focused on where they’re going,” said Ripoli. FULL POST