Heartland says no to walking and texting ban

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A New Jersey town will now enforce a texting and walking ban, something people in the Heartland said they aren't in step with.

"I don't really feel there's a problem with texting and walking, as long as you're walking where you're going," said Sedrick Holloway.

That wasn't the case for a viral video of a woman walking and texting, and falling into a fountain at a mall. Or a man intently focused on texting, and almost meeting a 400 pound bear face to face. So some towns think something needs to be done about the unaware people.

But, most locals don't agree.

"I think that's crazy, like I think walking and texting, I don't think there's anything wrong with that at all," said Kollin Payne.

"I really don't see it being much of a problem," said Laderion Orman.

While some people said if spots in the Heartland banned texting and walking, it wouldn't really affect them, most said they think it should be their choice.

"It feels like it's cutting away from my freedom, as in I should be able to use the phone anytime if I'm walking, as long as I'm not driving and texting, I feel it's safer," said Holloway.

"It's something I do often, I feel like it's more safe than driving and texting," said Payne.

That seemed to be a common theme, people said they feel texting and walking is more safe than texting and driving.

"Texting and driving I feel is very bad because you're constantly looking down to see where your fingers are going and not paying attention to the road as opposed to there could be a pedestrian walking, or there could be a sudden stop and you not see it, until it's too late," said Holloway.

"Driving you have to be aware in a different kind of way, there are other cars turning, especially like people think its ok like if you're at a stop sign its ok to text or whatever, but you really can't do that because you have to watch and see who's next and you know you have to go when it's your turn and if you go on a wrong turn it could be an accident," said Payne.

"I don't think it should be illegal because I don't hear of too many people you know what I'm saying getting ran over or killed from texting and walking, but then again you see with the texting and driving and things like that crashes and wrecks and stuff happen all the time," said Orman.

So most people said they would support a texting a driving ban, they're not in step with a texting and walking ban.

"It's weird, it's weird to even think that they would make that illegal, walking and texting, there's no harm in that at all," said Payne.

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