The capital of the tropical state of Hawaii has banned citizens and tourists from crossing the street while texting or using their mobile phones. The aim is to reduce injuries and deaths from “distracted walking,” and will take effect in October.
First offenders caught staring at their phones while crossing will receive a fine of $15 to $35, with repeat offenders facing fines of up to $99. Between 2000 and 2011, more than 11,100 injuries were caused in the U.S. due to walking incidents involving mobile phones. The law has met opposition from some members of the public, who accuse the state of over-regulation.