New bill would ban cell phone use while crossing street


ALBANY, N.Y. (CNN) — If passed, a New York State Senate bill would not allow pedestrians to use their cell phones while crossing the street. 

While some see it as a way to make roads safer for everyone, others say it’s not necessary. 

“If someone is driving recklessly, or what not, if you look at your phone, you’re not going to be able to stop that,” Frank Reilly said. 

“It’s gonna save their lives. This is insane. There’s a time for a call. Give it a time and put it in your pocket,” Vic Fontaine said. 

“I think it’s anti-pedestrian and it shows that Binghamton is a friendly area and with slow traffic here. We are not New York City and I just don’t feel like we should be imposing laws like that,” Wesley Warren said. 

Some even go on to say not having access to your phone could pose a safety issue. 

“You might get hit. While on your phone, you would need to call an emergency real fast. So how could you not use your phone, if you use your phone? How could you use your phone?”

For now, it’s completely legal to use your phone while walking or crossing the street.

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