• Free Consultations Available
  • Call 732-702-0333 Today
  • Se habla Español


A New Jersey assemblywoman has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to send and receive text messages or to otherwise use a handheld device while in a crosswalk or walking along a public street.

Paula Lampitt, a Democrat from Voorhees and Deputy Speaker from Legislative District 6, proposed the bill in the aftermath of the death of a University of Pennsylvania student who walked in front of a bus while texting. Lampitt says that texting and walking are a dangerous combination, and not just for the person doing the texting. She notes that drivers can be put at great risk when a pedestrian illegally or unintentionally walks in front of them, as the evasive action they may attempt can put them in harm's way.

Lampitt brought additional evidence to her colleagues, citing a study conducted by a professor at William Patterson University that looked at the actions of more than 21,000 people. The researchers looked at the behaviors of people who were injured in crosswalks. Not surprisingly, when people were hurt while crossing against a "Don't Walk" signal, nearly half of them admitted to either wearing headphones or being on a handheld device at the time. But more surprisingly, one-third of those who were struck when they had the right of way had headphones on or were on a device. Lampitt also referenced statistics that showed that the number of injuries and deaths involving pedestrians has tripled over the last decade.

If the proposed law goes into effect, violators could face both fines and potential incarceration.


We offer a free initial consultation to anyone in New Jersey who has suffered a personal injury matter. For a meeting, contact us online or call us at 732-702-0333 for an appointment. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Each and every case that we take gets our full attention. When you hire us, you know you have experienced
attorneys doing everything we can to put you and your case in the best possible position for a positive resolution.

Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Freehold map image
Toms River map image
Point Pleasant map image

86 Court Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: 732-702-0333
Fax: 732-780-5002
Freehold Law Office Map

Point Pleasant
3247 Route 88
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Phone: 732-702-0333
Fax: 732-780-5002
Map & Directions

Toms River
250 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Phone: 732-702-0333
Fax: 732-780-5002
Map & Directions