Resume Your Illegal Texting and Walking, Philly. Mayor Michael Nutter set the record straight with an official release this morning and on Twitter (as retweeted here by The20’s @marclamonthill).
First reported by another local news station yesterday, the web (including Time, Gawker and more), talk radio stations and social networks were buzzing about a reported $120 ticket being issued for texting while walking around town.
But it’s not true! According to an official statement from the Mayor’s Office, “Pedestrians may be reminded to be more aware of their surroundings; however, there are no citations issued by the PPD for texting while walking.”
The20’s @BrianPHickey wrote a great blog post about why it should be illegal, while @anniemal (who was notably worked up about the potential fine this morning) thanked the mayor for the clarification with this tweet:
@anniemal: Thank you @Michael_Nutter for announcing pedestrians will NOT be ticketed for walking and texting.
What do you think? Should texting and walking be a finable offense?
[@marclamonthill, Time, Gawker, NBC Philadelphia, @BrianPHickey]