We joke about it all the time but, really, it’s not a laughing matter. People texting while walking are getting killed or seriously hurt all over the world.
A new law was unveiled today in Hawaii. People caught crossing the road while looking at their phone will be hit with some new fines.
The new rules hope to cut the number of deaths and injuries from road accidents involving the so-called “smartphone zombies”.
Pedestrians will be handed a $35 fee if using their phone while crossing roads – but the amount will rise up to $99 for repeat offenders.
There have been more that 11,000 injuries in North America (2000-2011) that were caused by distracted walking. The new ban, thought to be the first of its kind in the world, will apply in the city of Honolulu and surrounding county.
Four our Ten Canadians admit to wearing ear buds or texting while walking-on a regular basis.
I’m hoping this comes to Canada soon; it could help save lives!