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It will soon be Illegal to Text while Walking in Honolulu



It will soon be Illegal to Text while Walking in Honolulu - BellaNaijaPedestrians in Honolulu will soon have to start putting their phones away as the state has signed a ban into law that will make texting while walking illegal.

The ban, which will begin to take effect in October, says anyone crossing “a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device” will pay a fine that could rise as high as $99.

Fines for first offenders are placed between $15 to $35, $35 to $75 for a second in the span of a year, and $75 to $99 for a third time, according to The Verge.

While residents have kicked against the law, officials believe it is necessary so people don’t become “statistics.”

The city’s mayor Kirk Cardwell said: “Sometimes I wish there were laws that we did not have to pass, that perhaps common sense would prevail. But sometimes we lack common sense.”

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  1. Joanne

    August 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    We need that in NYC

  2. Lailatu

    August 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Good! I always feel like slapping these “distracted walkers”, especially when they bump into me. I hope it catches on in other parts of the world.

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