Travel restrictions: NY will ban all electronic devices from buses, subway cars and trains starting January 3
New York City has banned all electronic device use from its buses and subway cars for the next 24 hours.
The ban will begin on January 3, meaning anyone caught in the act of using any electronic device will face a $25 ticket.
The new restrictions are the result of an ongoing federal investigation into the use of cell phones and other technology on the streets of New York.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement that the new restrictions would “protect our communities and protect our citizens” by ensuring that people are not “surrounded by electronic devices or distracted.”
The city’s mayor and police commissioner are both former top aides to President Donald Trump, and Trump himself was a member of the New York Police Department for several years.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, said he had asked for the city to implement similar measures.
“There are so many devices that are going on in our society that can be used in an incredibly dangerous way,” de Blasio said in an interview with NBC News.
“The first thing we need to do is take steps to ensure that we are not making New Yorkers safer and are keeping our streets and our communities safer.”
The mayor said he wanted the measures to be “conventional” so as not to offend anyone.
“The people of New Jersey are going to be concerned,” deBlasio said.
“I’m going to continue to ask the governor and the state legislature to come up with some commonsense solutions that will make our streets safer.”
New Jersey has one of the strictest cellphone use laws in the country.
Under that law, anyone who uses an electronic device in public has to be wearing a helmet and must wear a “face shield” to protect themselves.
De Blasio’s office said the state would continue to enforce the law.
But de Blasio did not say whether the state plans to implement a similar ban.