‘Zom­bie bill’ would tar­get dis­tracted pedis­tri­ans

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

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.

Ear­lier this month, Honolulu, Hawaii, be­came the first U.S. city to ban peo­ple from tex­ting or us­ing other dig­i­tal de­vices while cross­ing roads.

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