Honolulu Mayor Signs ‘Distracted Walking’ Bill

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Distracted driving laws may be common across the United States, but what about distracted walking?

Honolulu, Hawaii, will soon become the first major U.S. city to bar pedestrians from looking at their electronic devices while crossing the street.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the legislation on July 27. He says it’s about promoting public safety, “And sometimes I wish there were laws that we did not have to pass. That perhaps common sense would prevail, but sometimes we lack common sense.”

The new law won’t take effect for several months, giving authorities time to educate the public.

But starting October 25, a first offense could cost you anywhere from $15 to $35. Fines can escalate all the way up to a third offense, which maxes out at $99.

Caldwell’s hoping for “very few” citations.