Honolulu Bans Texting While Crossing the Street

By Anna Breuer on 24 October 2017
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Crossing the street in Honolulu

Crossing the street in Honolulu

Honolulu will become the first major city in the United States to protect people from their smartphones when a new law goes into effect on Wednesday.

The so-called “distracted pedestrian” law was needed because so many pedestrians in the city, in particular senior citizens, are struck by vehicles in crosswalks, said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell at a bill-signing ceremony during the summer.

The law will allow police to issue fines of as much as $35 for crossing a street while focusing on a mobile device. It covers all mobile phones, video game systems, pagers, and laptops.

Research firm Basex found in a study that the number of people admitted to the emergency room after walking into a lamppost while staring at their phones doubled each year for the period 2009-2014.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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