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Pedestrians To Be Banned From TEXTING While Walking

Pedestrians in Honolulu have been banned from texting while crossing the road in a radical new move believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

As of today, police in the capital city of Hawaii can issue fines of US$35 to anyone "viewing electronic devices while crossing streets in the city and surrounding country."

Brandon Elefante, the council member who proposed the bill, told The New York Times that it was a "milestone legislation that sets the bar high for safety."

And it doesn't seem like Honolulu will be the only place to enforce texting-while-walking rules; countries around the world are said to be considering a similar move in an effort to reduce pedestrian deaths.

According to, pedestrians account for 12.9 per cent of Australian road deaths, with the latest national figures indicating that fatality figures are up from five years ago.

Currently, anyone walking "without consideration to other road users" can face fines in some Australian states, although there is not yet an offence specific to phone use.

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