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Stamford mulls ban on texting while crossing street

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Stamford could become one of the first cities in the United States to ban texting and walking while crossing the street.

Driving and texting is already illegal across Connecticut, but city officials are proposing a law that would extend the ban to using a mobile electronic device while crossing a street.

"My objective is to not have anyone injured or, God forbid, killed," says John Zelinsky, a member of the Stamford Board of Representatives. "Sometimes, when people have to pay a fine, they may pay more attention to what they're doing."

Fines could start at $30.

Joanne Parsons, of Trumbull, says a texting driver killed her sister.

"He went a whole block before he even knew that he had gone over her," Parsons says. "It's extremely personal for me."

Many other people who spoke with News 12 Connecticut Tuesday supported the idea.

"You could prevent a lot of accidents and problems from drivers and pedestrians," said Terry Barber. "When people are walking and texting and stuff like that, it shows an irresponsibility and a lack of vigilance."

So far, Honolulu is the only major city in the U.S. with a similar law, but other areas are considering similar measures. 

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