TORONTO — An Ontario provincial legislator says he will introduce a so-called “zombie bill” that would target distracted walking.
Liberal Yvan Baker says the bill — called the Phones Down, Heads Up Act — would impose fines for anyone caught using their cellphone or any electronic device while crossing the street.
Baker says if the private member’s bill becomes law, it would increase road safety by encouraging pedestrians to put down their electronic devices or risk fines ranging from $50 for a first offence to $125 for a third offence.
The only exceptions would be when pedestrians are calling emergency services or when they’re continuing a phone call which started before crossing the roadway.
Baker says municipalities across Ontario would have the ability to opt-out of the law.
Rising pedestrian deaths have prompted other jurisdictions in the world to pass laws targeting distracted walking.
Earlier this month, Honolulu, Hawaii, became the first U.S. city to ban people from texting or using other digital devices while crossing roads.
The Canadian Press
try banning stupidity
Why? Thin the herd!
Momma always said that stupid should hurt. Lol
Joking aside. Have we really come to making laws that force us to do what should come of common sense. Ya wanna make a law. Outlaw cell phone. Done……
Not enough staff to enforce it properly, waste of court time – I think its a joke myself. They don’t enforce bicycle laws now.
Definetly agreee Richard !
WOW, people have become that STUPID!!
I drive school bus and can definitely say “Yes they sure have”.
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