• Should jaywalking fines double for those using a phone?


    BOSTON - Those jaywalking while using a cell phone or wearing earbuds would face a doubled fine under a new bill proposed on Beacon Hill recently. 

    Representative Colleen Garry (D-Dracut) proposed the bill that would institute a fine for pedestrians who cross against signals and disallows crossing diagonally unless specifically permitted in an intersection.  

    However, a $25 first offense fine would double if the person was using a cell phone or wearing headphones. 

    Garry is sponsoring the bill, which is set to come before the committee on Transportation Monday. 

    Honolulu, Hawaii recently passed a similar law.

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