Coming Soon: Fines For Using Phone While Crossing Streets

We all know it’s totally illegal to use your phone while driving, but now the same law may be coming to pedestrians. The law will apply to pedestrians when crossing streets.

The law was thought about by a group of high-school students who were concerned about the safety of their friends after watching many of them walk straight into a street without looking both ways for cars. The law will apply to phones, laptops, tablets, pagers (pagers?), video games, and even cameras.

Fines start at about $15 and go up to $99, but can be as high as $500 for repeat-offenders. So far it looks like it’s going to start in Hawaii, but might spread quickly to other states. Lawmakers are having a hard time approving the new law proposal though, saying a “public awareness” campaign might be a better option. What are your thoughts, should this be a law? How often tdo you see oblivious pedestrians walking around or almost getting hit by cars?


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