Honolulu Makes It Illegal to Use the Phone While Crossing the Street

Smartphone zombies, beware: authorities across the world are becoming increasingly fed up with people using their mobile phones when crossing the street, so very soon doing this could cost you up to $100.

Honolulu has passed a law that makes it illegal to use the phone while crossing the street, with the police to be allowed to issue fines up to $99 to repeated offenders.

Honolulu thus becomes the first major city in the United States to issue a ban on distracting walking, and authorities in other regions see this as an experiment that could lead to more widely-adopted legislation.

The new law will come into effect on October 25 and pedestrians can be fined between $15 and $99, Reuters reports. The ban is specifically supposed not necessarily to prevent cars from hitting pedestrians who are using their phones while crossing the street, but to reduce the number of accidents that smart… (read more)

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