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Hawaii passes law making texting while crossing street illegal

Staff Writer | October 25, 2017
A law in Hawaii, will make it illegal for pedestrians to send text messages while crossing a street or highway starting today.
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Technology   More than 10,000 citations were issued
The Honolulu Police Department can now issue fines of up to $35 for a person's first offense under the city's "Distracted Walking Law" law.

Bill Dorman, a Hawaii Public Radio reporter told NPR that beginning Wednesday, "a downward glance at a screen of any kind will cost you."

According to the Honolulu Police Department, more than 10,000 citations were issued last year for mobile electronic device violations.

Fines for the first-time violators are $15 to $35, $35 to $75 for a second offense within the same year and $75 to $99 for a third offense within 12 months.

Although pedestrians can still speak on the phone while crossing a road, they can't engage in any activity that requires their eyes to look down towards items including phone, laptop, tablets, video gaming devices, pagers and digital cameras.

One exception, however, would be to call 911 to report an emergency.


 

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