Chicago Considers Another Dumb ‘Texting And Walking’ Law To Raise RevenueTimothy Geigner / Techdirt - 2 years ago
  • Since the advent of the smartphone, it seems that every few years or so, one government enttity or another suddenly has the brilliant idea that its constituency ought to have fines levied on them for “distracted walking.”
  • And now my beloved hometown of Chicago is looking to join the nanny government ranks in the most Chicago way possible: by charging enormous fines for “distracted walking” in a fairly naked attempt to generate revenue for the government.
  • Aldermen Ed Burke (Ward 14) and Anthony Beale (Ward 9) introduced an ordinance Wednesday aimed at changing pedestrians’ bad behavior by fining them if they text or use a mobile device while walking through intersections in Chicago.
  • The measure proposed by Burke and Beale would fine pedestrians between $90 and $500 for each incident of using a mobile device while crossing a street or highway.