Coming off the heels of this post where I wrote that states trying to remind drivers to “drive safe”, I should add that you’re not the hook if you are a pedestrian, either.
There are videos of oblivious people who walked into walls or into other people when they are distracted. This can get dangerous. Earlier this year, a woman who was walking and texting got seriously injured when she walked and fell into a trap door.
You Can Be Fined in Honolulu
If you are going to be traveling to the city/county of Honolulu, you should be aware that the city had passed a passed a bill (cc-62) that allows officers to fine pedestrians for using electric devices while crossing the streets.
The bill specifically indicates, “No person shall cross a street or highway while using a mobile electronic devices”. It does provide for an exception clause for “911 emergency communication”.
This is for using electronic devices for crossing the street. According to this article, “It will still be legal to talk on phones while crossing a street or to look at phones on the sidewalk.” The fines can get up to $35 for the first offense, $75 for the second and $$99 for the third.”
This bill takes effect this last Wednesday, October 25.
I think everyone is guilty of occasionally walking and texting, myself included. Still, I think most people have the reasonable sense to pause and look both ways when crossing the streets.
Frankly, I don’t recall seeing a lot of people crossing sidewalks and texting when I visited Honolulu earlier this year. It will be interesting to see how this bill gets enforced and what the numbers look like.
Source: Travel Gadget Reviews