Illinois Bill Would Punish Pedestrians for Crossing Street While Talking on Cell Phone

Should you be allowed to talk and cross the road at the same time?

Not if you're talking on a cell phone, according to a bill now making it's way through the Illinois Legislature.

The bill, introduced in January by Rep. Kenneth Dunkin (D-Springfield), would fine a pedestrian up to $25 for using a cell phone while crossing the road. The idea is that distracted callers are more likely to get hit by a car.

The bill is a long way from becoming law but already has prompted a mix of reaction, from objections to government intrusion to support for the concept, if not necessarily the details, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Put me in jail," Chicagoan Eve Decker, 45, told the newspaper. "I'm not paying for talking on a phone. ... It's no different than if I'm walking with a friend and talking."

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