Hawaii forbids SMS in the middle of the road

The Honolulu City Council in Hawaii passed a bill this week that makes it illegal for pedestrians to use their phones while crossing the street. Anyone caught in the act will be fined up to $ 99.


The city councilor, who introduced the bill, said he got the idea from teenagers who worry about their friends (!!).

School groups have expressed concern about their classmates distracted by crossing the streets and looking at their phones rather than looking at the road from both sides. Technological progress can sometimes distract and force people not to pay attention.

The Bill passed with 7-2 votes. A political opponent, he wisely pointed out that coping with children on their own terms would be more effective:

Teenagers are more affected by their peers. A social media campaign would probably be more expansive than any legislation we pass.

The bill will have to be signed by the mayor in order for it to come into force.

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