Honululu becomes the first major US city to ban texting while crossing the road.
A fine ranging from $15 to $35 will be charged against people who use mobile phones, gaming devices, laptops, tablets, pagers or digital cameras while blindly charging past the roads of Honolulu, USA. Make a mental note if you are visiting Hawaii soon!
Why was this law passed?
According to a report by the Times, the death rate of pedestrians jumped to 6,000 in 2016. This sharp rise in the death rate of pedestrians is allegedly linked to the increase in use of smartphones which distracts both drivers and walkers alike.
Dubbed the “distracted pedestrian law”, this law is expected to be a new milestone towards reducing the fatality rate of distraction-related accidents.
With smartphone-zombies crashing into objects becoming a common site throughout the world, the new law will, hopefully, will provide insight into how to grapple injuries caused by such issues.