Authorities in Honolulu say mobile phones are modern devices with many advantages, one of which is sharing thoughts and happenings with others as they happen. However, although these gadgets can bring people together, some of the disadvantages include bringing cars and pedestrians together in a way that may cause serious injuries. Authorities are concerned about the high number of auto accidents that seem to be caused by pedestrians who fail to take proper care while they are texting.
The Honolulu City Council passed a bill that was drafted after consultations with the city's police department, and the mayor will announce the implementation date. The bill will prohibit the use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, video games and paging devices, while a person is walking along or crossing Honolulu streets. This may reduce the number of incidents in which motorists and pedestrians are injured due to distractions.