Honolulu to ban smartphone use while crossing street

Honolulu is the first large American city to prohibit pedestrians to use digital devices while crossing the street, BBC reports.

The ban will come into force in October and is aimed at decreasing injury and death cases caused by inattentive walking.

Those who break the rule by staring at the digital screen – including that of a notebook and a camera – will pay 15-35 dollars fine. In case of repeated violations, the fine may rise to 99 dollars.

Emergency calls are considered to be an exception and will not be banned.

Last year red street signals were placed on the sidewalks exactly near the street crossing in Augsburg , Germany. Special marked-out pathways were made for people with smartphones in Tsuntsin, China.

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