Philly Targeting People Who Text ... While Walking

Safety program focuses on distracted pedestrians
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
This guy better not be walking down a street in Philadelphia.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Police in Philadelphia are stepping up their campaign against bad behavior on the city's thoroughfares—and distracted pedestrians are as much a target as distracted drivers and sidewalk cyclists, officials say. Officers enforcing the "Give Respect, Get Respect" program in the city center will be looking out for pedestrians who text while they walk, according to CBS Philadelphia. The program has been focusing on handing out safety guides, but officers plan to start handing out a lot more $120 citations.

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