LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Walking while talking on the phone or listening to music via earbuds or headphones can now earn pedestrians a $100 fine in Montclair.

The small bedroom community about 30 miles east of Los Angeles banned distracted walking while crossing an intersection, an ordinance that went into effect this year.

According to the ordinance, pedestrians cannot “cross a street or highway while engaged in a phone call, viewing a mobile electronic device or with both ears covered or obstructed by personal audio equipment” like over-the-ear headphones and ear buds.

There are, however, exceptions for 911 calls, medically-prescribed hearing aids and emergency first responders who are on duty.

City officials say pedestrians now account for 15 percent of all vehicle-related fatalities.

A first violation costs $100, and doubles if caught again within a year. If still within that same 12-month period, subsequent violations can cost as much as $500 each time.

Comments (33)
  1. AJ Grant says:

    LMAO! Go ahead….try and issue me a ticket. I’ll crumble it up, toss it in the street, and it’ll toilet paper for the nearest bum before you can put your pen away.

  2. Soon, you will be required to wear a seat belt on your body while walking or be fined.

  3. This isn’t even enforced for people driving, what a joke!

  4. Jack Davis says:

    Worse than the fine, distracted walking leads to stepping in illegal alien poop.

  5. Stu Pedasso says:

    Is it also Is it also a violation if your wife is yammering in your ear while you’re crossing the street? How about listening to your car radio? What’s the difference? Knuckleheads.

  6. Quit messing with the gene pool. People who are so stupid that they can’t watch where they are going shouldn’t be allowed to breed.

  7. Nik Boldrini says:

    I drive downtown Seattle every day and It is very frustrating to see people STROLL casually across the intersection while talking distractedly on their cells. They gaze around aimlessly and don’t pay attention to the cars nearby. People waiting on them get irritated. They always hang several feet behind the last person crossing. Meanwhile cars are waiting and some even miss the green light. I have seen meany tempers flare over this and a policeman has told me this “strolling” is the biggest cause of pedestrian and car accidents. So….get out of my friggin way!

  8. Mike Houck says:

    Let Darwin have his due.

  9. Who gets to decide if a pedestrian is actually distracted?

  10. It’s called Darwinism. And now they want to confuse their disciples with “reality”… It is no wonder the knock out game got invented… :/

  11. But in Kalifornicia defecating on city streets no longer warrants interference from the State. Yup, gov’t is indeed the enemy within

  12. Jim Jones says:

    Don’t see why this is a problem, just repeal the law that gives pedestrians the right of way, and sit back to watch she fun. Should give drivers pri sea for hitting distracted pedestrians that are on the street.

  13. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into White countries.

    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  14. Will illegal aliens be sheltered from this law? They’re the only people that matter.

  15. Doug Oritz says:

    FY! I go for a walk to get distracted and enjoy life. If a cars that usually travel at least 30mph on the city streets cannot wait for someone to stroll across a street then they have a real problem with life.

    Slow down. Go for a walk and enjoy what these morons call distractions like music, conversations and simply daydreaming. They are the ones missing enjoying life with their rush, rush. If I have to be someplace at a certain time I leave early enough to get there, park my car and stroll to my destination. F–k any govt that want to intrude and regulate the way we walk.

  16. Kurt Frommd says:

    Walking and talking at the same time…. is that still allowed?

    1. Jack Davis says:

      As long as you’re not trying to chew gum at the same time.

  17. Jim Fuss says:

    lean on the horn -that gets their attention real quick

  18. hammerstamp says:

    Ah yes, demand that people pay attention to walking or else.

  19. Pat Roy says:

    Isn’t it great living in a Tyranny. Starting to hit a little closer to home aye folks.

  20. way to stay ahead of the lunacy curve california 😉

  21. So does this mean that the driver of the vehicle gets a pass for hitting a distracted walker or, will there be TWO tickets given, one for the driver that injured the walker and one for the walker that receives the injury? Sounds like a WIN/WIN for Montclair, doesn’t it? And does the vehicle driver now have recourse for having the dent repaired by the negligent walker? Will walkers now be required to posses at least the minimum walker’s insurance? So many questions.. So little time.

    Here’s how I seem to remember it. Once you step foot in a crosswalk, having being given the GREEN walk light, the PEDESTRIAN is within a PROTECTED ZONE that was PAINTED SPECIFICALLY for the act of SAFELY walking across a street and ANY vehicle is REQUIRED to STOP. If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle while walking within the painted lines of the crosswalk, the DRIVER is COMPLETELY at fault for any and all injury caused to the pedestrian. It doesn’t matter if the pedestrian is walking backward or forward or on his hands. And it DAMN sure doesn’t matter if the pedestrian is playing with a yo-yo, conversing in sigh language with a friend, or fishing for the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. Walking within a crosswalk is a task that can be combined with other activities including restraining a dog/dogs on a leash or pushing a baby in a stroller or helping an elderly person cross or carrying groceries, all of which are “distractions”..

    It’s going to be interesting to see what a lawyer can do to this new law.

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