On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell carried a discussion at one of the city’s liveliest crossings, where he stated the step was a suggestion for “people to adopt common sense as people walk throughout this beautiful city, and so people don’t grow extra statistic.” According to News, there existed more than 11,000 damages arising from inattentive pedestrians between 2000 and 2011.
The city grows to be the largest in the US to use such a rule, which forbids strollers from crossing a street while glancing at a cell phone, text messaging device, pager, PDA, laptop computer, video game, or camera, although audio devices are excluded. The bill also gives exceptions for first responders on the job and anyone doing an emergency call to 911. Hawaii now bans the use of hand-held electric gadgets while driving.
The bill, which runs into the impact on October 25th, taxes a fine of $15 to $35 for a first crime, $35 to $75 for a next in the span of a year, and $75 to $99 for a third time.
The bill has received push back from citizens, who protested about government overreach. An editorial in The News called lawmakers as an “exasperated parent saying stupid children to not do stupid stuff that tempt death,” and that people previously do stupid things that are against the law.
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