'Reckless walking' has been a finable offence in Fort Lee, New Jersey, for just one month, but already the local police department has issued 117 tickets at $85 a pop after 20 accidents were caused by distracted pedestrians strolling across the road.
It's important to note that this fine is not applicable to anyone who happens to be walking down the pavement - sorry, sidewalk - with their phones out, but only those texters and tweeters who jaywalk with their smartphones out.
"Pedestrians aren't watching where they're walking, they're not aware," says Fort Lee Police chief Thomas Ripoli, whose district covers the metropolitan borough over the Hudson River from the Bronx.
And if you're worried that this isn't all that serious an offence, here's a handy YouTube documentary that explains just what a hazard it is. Don't worry - it's actually quite funny.
But do you think law should be introduced elsewhere? Should Britain take a leaf out of Fort Lee's book and ban 'reckless walking' over here in Blighty? Let us know in the poll below.
Of course, America is famous for its unusual local laws - but that doesn't mean us Brits aren't above a peculiar piece of legislation or two, as this 'Weird British Laws' gallery proves without a doubt...
Does swearing when you touch something really hot count? Probably not, now we think about it. <em>(Photo credit: Getty)</em>
They are, however, permitted to rain all they like, especially after (or during) a drought. <br><br> <em>(Picture credit: Getty)</em>
Conversely, smiling at a police officer is actively encouraged. We're guessing. <br /><br /> (Photo credit: jupiterimages)
Not even giant ones to genius billionaire playboy philanthropists<a href="http://latimesherocomplex.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/6a00d8341c630a53ef01347fc4653d970c-600wi.jpg" target="_hplink"> such as Tony Stark here</a>. <em>(Photo credit: Getty)</em>
An exception is made for lions of the chocolate bar variety. <em> (Photo credit: PA)</em>
It doesn't appear to be illegal to walk across the road carrying a giant pane of glass, however, which will make Buster Keaton fans happy. <em>(Photo credit: Getty)</em>
Manners makyth man, after all - and in this town's case, manners also makyth Maine. <em>(Photo credit: Getty)</em>
This also means that you can't tie a fire hydrant to a passing alligator, before you go getting any silly ideas. <em>(Photo credit: PA)</em>
Forks, however, are fair game. If only Daredevil's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullseye_%28comics%29" target="_hplink">Bullseye</a> were a real person and could somehow make it down to The City sometime soon... <em>(Photo credit: Getty)</em>
This one actually makes sense - you'd do better to fish in a pond or a lake. <em>(Photo credit: jupiterimages)</em>
Unless they're actually having a bath, in which case, fair enough. <em>(Photo credit: PA)</em>
Here in the UK, we'd call that 'the British sense of fair play' - after all, robbery's just a bit of sport, what? <em>(Photo credit: jupiterimages)</em>
Of course, here in Britain, we have a different law - here it's illegal to lend your <em>hoover</em> to your next door neighbour. Wait, something's wrong with that sentence... <em>(Photo credit: Getty)</em>
Unfortunately, the legal statues are unclear as to what constitutes 'bothering' when it comes to a butterfly. Whatever the weather, don't run around with a butterfly net, pretending your a Jedi - it's just not worth it. <em> (Photo credit: PA)</em>
And just to be polite, he should give 'em a bell when he's making his getaway. It always pays to be polite, even when you're on the lam. <em>(Photo credit: jupiterimages)</em>