Millcreek Police Talk Dangers of Texting While Crossing the Street
Many have heard of the dangers of texting and driving, but what about texting and walking? More states are cracking down on pedestrians for being on their phones while crossing the street. New York is the latest state to propose a bill that would fine people for doing that.
Erie News Now checked in with law enforcement locally, to learn more about the dangers of texting and walking. Millcreek police said the biggest problem with texting while crossing the street is you're dividing your attention.
"You're a danger to yourself and others just as much as the people that are texting while they're driving," said Millcreek police officer Anthony Chimera.
Police said not paying attention while crossing the could put yourself and drivers in danger.
"You can easily walk right into the roadway and get struck by a vehicle," Chimera said. "I've seen people walk into poles or walk into other pedestrians."
In Pennsylvania, you will not get a ticket for texting while crossing the street, but Chimera said Millcreek police said if you are being careless while out walking, police could issue a citation and a fine.