City To Fine Pedestrians Who Use Mobile Devices While Crossing Street

July 31, 2017

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Four in ten of us admit to injuring themselves while texting or viewing their mobile device while walking resulting in more than 11,000 injuries blamed on phone-related distraction while walking between 2000 and 2011. It's prompted the city of Honolulu, Hawaii to begin fining people for using their devices while walking across the Street.  While many a quick to say the law infringes on citizens' personal freedoms, Honolulu has the unwanted record of having more people hit in crosswalks than any other city in the country, with the number one reason is being distracted by a mobile device.  The new law, which starts in October, targets anyone using a phone, tablet, paging device, video game, any digital photo device and digital video recording device. The first offense is a fine of $15 to $35.  Second offense is up to $75 and third offense up to $100 within a year. City council members say the law is necessary as more and more people are really not paying attention to their surroundings, and looking at their mobile electronic devices.

SOURCE: Engadget

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