Out of (misguided) concern for pedestrian safety, Illinois State Rep. Kenneth Dunkin has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to cross a street while using a mobile phone. Should the bill pass, violators would be fined $25 if they are caught crossing and talking. While it seems unlikely the bill will be enacted, stranger laws have passed (Chicago banned foie gras in 2006) and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley haven’t completely laughed it off. I just hope that Illinois lawmakers don’t get wind of this guy. I understand that banning drivers from using cell phones may reduce accidents, which might cause you or others harm. But walking across the street? If you get hit by a car while crossing the street, the odds are pretty high that you’re only going to hurt yourself. With that in mind, should states be allowed to legislate pedestrians’ cell phone use? Or would it make more sense to have a crossing guard with an orange vest and a handheld stop sign at every corner?