In our technology-fueled society, more and more people have become attached to their cellphones. But the laws are slowly catching up.
Everywhere you look, you’ll see at least one person with their eyes down, focused on something on their phone. Maybe it’s a text message, maybe it’s a funny cat video, or maybe they’re just looking for directions. Either way, it could cost you if you’re in a crosswalk.
Although it hasn’t made its way to Nova Scotia yet, in Honolulu, Hawaii, they have officially passed a law allowing police to fine people who are texting and crossing the road. This law officially takes effect today. While this fine may only be $35 right now, it’s a start.
In the U.S. alone, pedestrian deaths in 2016 rising to 5,987 (a 9% jump from last year), and it is thought that the rise in Smartphone use may be contributing to that number.
Do you think texting and crossing the road should be illegal and punishable by fine?
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