New Law Makes It Illegal To Use Phone While Crossing Street, So We're All Guilty

Don't text and walk.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Look up! There's a new law in Honolulu that makes it illegal to look at your phone while crossing the street. According to CNNthe city approved a law making it illegal for pedestrians to "cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device." This includes video games, laptops and of course, smartphones.

The "distracted pedestrian" law goes into effect October 25. People on social media poked fun at the law, since it's pretty much something we all do:

"Sometimes I wish there were laws we did not have to pass, that perhaps common sense would prevail," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. "But sometimes we lack common sense."

If you're caught distracted, police can issue fines of $15 to $35 for the first offense, $35 to $75 for the second and $75 to $99 for the third. It's still legal to talk on the phone while crossing or to look at your phone on the sidewalk.

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