Pedestrians are not allowed to look at the phone in Honolulu crosswalks

Pedestrians are not allowed to look at the phone in Honolulu crosswalks”

The legislation, set to kick in on October 25, covers any mobile electronic device, not just phones - meaning tablets, pagers, video game handhelds and digital cameras. He said students foresaw a ideal storm: "What if the person that is looking a their phone and the pedestrian crossing the street is also doing the same thing?"

Don't cross in the middle of the block - and if you're in Honolulu, stop texting before you step off the curb.

Nearly every state has a law against texting while driving, but Honolulu appears to be the first major city in the United States to go after pedestrians who use hand-held devices, Caldwell said. The law covers video games, pagers and laptops, and the ubiquitous smartphones. The objective of the new law "is to regulate the use of mobile electronic devices by certain persons".

Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the bill, also known as the "Distracted Walking Law", on Thursday, after it was passed 7-2 earlier this month by the city council.

According to the Honolulu government, this law was needed as many people have been hit by vehicles while crossing the street in the city because instead of looking left and right at the road they viewed their phone's tiny screens. Mayor said, "But sometimes we lack common sense".

A person will be fine in case of violating the rule, for the first offense the violator will be fined $15 to $35.

First-time scofflaws can be fined between $15 and $35, but the penalty rises to up to $99 for repeat offenders.

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