Honolulu bans pedestrians from looking at cellphones in crosswalks

Updated 2017-10-25 12:01:55 Xinhua

A new law that bans pedestrians from looking at their cellphones will take effect on Wednesday in Honolulu, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Aiming to enhance responsibility of pedestrians while on the road, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill into law in July, which makes it illegal for pedestrians to look at electronic devices while crossing the street. The law allows police officers to fine pedestrians for viewing their electronic devices while crossing the street in the city and surrounding county.

A pedestrian will be fined between 15 U.S. dollars to 35 dollars for The first violation. Additional violations then raise the fine to 75 dollars to 99 dollars, which is lower than the 130-dollar fine for jaywalking, according to local website Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu is the first major U.S. city to ban viewing electronic devices while crossing the street.

"While we have laws in place for our motorists and our bicyclists, now it's a shared responsibility for pedestrians as well, to really pay attention as they cross the street," Councilman Brandon Elefante who introduced the bill has been quoted as saying by Hawaii News Now.

More than 270,000 pedestrians die on the world's roads each year, according to "Mr Pedestrian" posters released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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