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    he Hawaiian city of Honolulu has resorted to fining people up to $99 for staring at the devices, to try and force people to look up from their phones while crossing the road.

    The new law gives police the power to fine people up to $35 (£26.41) for their first offence, $75 for their second and $99 thereafter, perhaps expecting it to take quite some effort to get people to take notice.

    The bill, which comes into force today after being rubber stamped by the Hawaiian city’s mayor in July, states that “no pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device”. Mobile phones are included as well as any “text messaging device, paging device, personal digital assistant, laptop computer, video game, or digital photographic device” but audio equipment is excluded.
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    I'd like to see it extended to anyone walking down stairs in public or in ClienCo's too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    What's it got to do with motorists or cuclists?

    It's pedsestrians that are culpable of wandering along with their heads in a virual cloud

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    It applies to car drivers, it should be applied to anyone on the road (any vehicle or on foot), of course you have the issue of the cyclist looking at his garmin/GPS/Strava to see how fast or where they are going but doesn't check to see if it's safe to do so.
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    Is Jay-walking banned in Honolulu?

    They should introduce it at the same time as stiffer sentences are introduced for cyclists/motorists who hurt others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    It applies to car drivers, it should be applied to anyone on the road (any vehicle or on foot), of course you have the issue of the cyclist looking at his garmin/GPS/Strava to see how fast or where they are going but doesn't check to see if it's safe to do so.
    Why can't they stop to check where they are going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    Why can't they stop to check where they are going?
    That's a good question, why can't they?

    If they stop somewhere safe and make the checks, absolutely fine.
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    So it's ok to read a book while crossing though, yeah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontEnder View Post
    So it's ok to read a book while crossing though, yeah?
    I have seen that in London a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    Is Jay-walking banned in Honolulu?

    They should introduce it at the same time as stiffer sentences are introduced for cyclists/motorists who hurt others.
    Problem is many roads don't have decent crossings or are actually side roads that are used as rat runs hence they can't make jay walking an offence.

    Not paying due care and attention when you cross the road can be made one though.
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