Never Mind the Murders in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel Going After Walking Texters

Priorities, people.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cracking down on a huge problem plaguing Chicago. No, not the two residents per day who are gunned down by gang violence, but those nuisance urban zombies: The Walking Texters.

Fox 32 reports:

Pedestrians who are caught crossing the street while using a mobile device in Chicago may face fines under a new ordinance proposed Wednesday.

Under the measure proposed by Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), violators would face fines ranging from $90 to $500 per occurrence.

“The goal of the introduction of this measure is to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries, especially at crosswalks,” Alderman Burke said.

Alderman Beale said, “Passage and enforcement of this new law would increase safety by eliminating distractions for pedestrians at intersections and elsewhere in the City of Chicago.”

So, what sparked this immediate need to nip this in the bud? Well, in the first half of 2017, 27 pedestrians have been killed. That's what. Meanwhile, Chicago has reached 600 homicides in roughly the same time span, but sure, texting takes top priority. Is it any wonder Democrat-run cities are imploding?

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