Crossing the Streets in Honolulu While Texting Will Now Cost You

You may want to be more careful crossing the streets now in Honolulu. Honolulu just recently passed a law making it illegal now for you to cross the street while texting. Read more from this article from NPR to avoid being fined.

Look both ways before you cross the street; and if you’re in Honolulu, make sure to put away your phone too.

This week, the city became the first major U.S. city to pass legislation targeting texters and other “distracted walkers” as they step off the curb.

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.

“We hold the unfortunate distinction of being a major city with more pedestrians being hit in crosswalks, particularly our seniors, than almost any other city in the county,” Caldwell said, according to Reuters.

The Honolulu Police Department will begin enforcing the law on Oct. 25. Until then the department, which supports the law, will implement a three-month training and warning period, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Click here to view original web page at www.npr.org

 

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