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Honolulu Bans Pedestrians from Looking at Smartphones while Crossing Streets

02 August 2017

It's now illegal to text while walking across the street in Honolulu.

Honolulu, Hawaii, will soon become the first major US city to bar pedestrians from looking at their electronic devices while crossing the street. "But sometimes we lack common sense".

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Caldwell said so many people were getting hit in crosswalks that the law was necessary.

The city is giving pedestrians three months to change their ways: on October 25, police will begin enforcing the rule. This includes video games, laptops and of course, smartphones.

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The measure, which does include an exemption for those making emergency services phone calls, is meant to keep these pedestrians safe and free of injury by stepping into traffic. Fines will range from $15 to $35 for the first offense, $35 to $75 for a second offense and $75 to $99 for the third offense.

Why did the pedestrian cross the road while texting?

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That's because the Hawaiian city hopes to discourage pedestrians from "distracted walking" altogether, notably with one piece of legislation its mayor signed into law late last week, Reuters reports.

Honolulu Bans Pedestrians from Looking at Smartphones while Crossing Streets