Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Honolulu bans texting while walking

Pedestrians in Honolulu, Hawaii, will soon have to start putting their phones away as the city has signed a ban into law that will make texting  while crossing a street or highway illegal.

The ban, which will begin to take effect in October, says anyone crossing “a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device” will pay a fine that could rise as high as $99.

The city becomes the largest in the US to adopt such a measure, which bans pedestrians from crossing a road while looking at a cell phone, text messaging device, pager, PDA, laptop computer, video game, or camera, although audio devices are exempt.

Fines for first offenders are placed between $15 to $35, $35 to $75 for a second in the span of a year, and $75 to $99 for a third time, according to The Verge.

While residents have kicked against the law, officials believe it is necessary so people don’t become “statistics.”

The city’s mayor Kirk Cardwell said: “Sometimes I wish there were laws that we did not have to pass, that perhaps common sense would prevail. But sometimes we lack common sense.”

According to Reuters, there were more than 11,000 injuries stemming from distracted pedestrians between 2000 and 2011.

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