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Boisean Guilty Of ‘Tapping’ Teen

Item: Boise man pleads guilty to battery for 'tapping' 15-year-old who wouldn’t turn off phone on airplane/Patrick Orr, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Russell Miller will have to spend two days in jail or do the equivalent amount of community service after pleading guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of battery in connection with a Dec. 28 incident that made him an Internet sensation. That’s the day Boise police say Miller hit a 15-year boy sitting across the aisle from him on the arm on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Boise — because the boy didn’t turn his phone off during takeoff. That’s also the day the news about Miller’s arrest became a national story — from being discussed on CNN and MSNBC to being fodder for hundreds of blogs nationwide.

Question: Should Boisean Russell Miller have been charged with misdemeanor battery for “tapping” a teen who wasn't obeying flight attendant orders on Southwest Airlines to shut down his cell phone?

They really mean it in New Jersey

A motorist talks on his cell phone while waiting in a traffic backup at the corner of Lincoln and  First Avenue in Spokane.

“When New Jersey tells you not to use a handheld cellphone to talk or text while driving, they mean it.

In the 23 months since New Jersey’s ban of talking or texting on handheld cellphones, police have written 224,725 citations, according to the NJ Star-Ledger—adding up to about four percent of the state’s total moving violations, not counting drunk driving, during that period, and by far the most any state has written so far.” More here.

Have you or anyone you know received a ticket for texting or talking on a cell phone while driving?

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