Stay off the phones

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Of all the beau­ti­ful scenery to see in Hon­olulu, of­fi­cials want to make sure res­i­dents and tourists get a good look at the street.

Hon­olulu has be­came the largest city in the United States to make it il­le­gal for peo­ple to look at phones, tablets or video games while cross­ing a road or high­way.

It comes as a few states still have not out­lawed tex­ting while driv­ing.

It re­mains to be seen how the law can be en­forced on an is­land that draws tourists from across the globe.

The law ap­plies to the en­tire is­land of Oahu, where it is also il­le­gal to drive while us­ing hand­held mo­bile elec­tron­ics. A first of­fence for the dis­tracted walk­ing or­di­nance car­ries a fine of be­tween $A20 and $A46.

It in­creases to be­tween $A98 and $A129 for a third of­fence within a year of the first vi­o­la­tion.

Pic­ture: AAP

Off phone: Hon­olulu has be­come the largest city in the US to make it il­le­gal for peo­ple to look at phones, tablets or video games while cross­ing a road or high­way.

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