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Cellphone fines for pedestrians

New York State Senator Carl Kruger has proposed controversial legislation which could see mobile phone users slapped with a $100 fine for crossing a street whilst using their device.

Kruger’s bill would also apply to any other kind of personal electronic device that the user could find themselves immersed in using such as portable gaming systems and iPods.

Cellphone users would have to take a break for a few seconds whilst they cross the street to avoid a fine.

Some have called the proposal excessive. A number of US states have already introduced bans on using cellphones whilst driving but not all.

From the end of this month, UK drivers caught chatting on their mobile phone will face bigger fines as tougher fixed penalties come into play.

Culprits found guilty could receive three points on their licence as well as a £60 fine.


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