Texting while walking banned in NJ town

Measure implemented after rise in pedestrian-related accidents

Published On: May 14 2012 07:29:37 AM EDT   Updated On: May 14 2012 01:14:58 PM EDT

Texters beware.

One city in New Jersey is cracking down on texting while walking.

Officials in Fort Lee have begun issuing tickets of up to $85 for each offense.

The measure was implemented after a rise in pedestrian-related accidents.

Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli told ABC News, "It's a big distraction. Pedestrians aren't watching where they are going and they are not aware."

More than 117 tickets have already been issued, the New Jersey Record reported.