–Update: 5/11/11 2:20pm–The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has reported that Bill 43, the measure relating to electronic device use for predestrians, has passed the first vote in the Honolulu City Council and will now be sent to the various committees to be heard. Bill 43 is an expansion on the ban on cell phone use by drivers.
We’ll have more updates as they come in.
Oahu has seen five pedestrian fatalities so far this year. Of those five, a total of three were in marked crosswalks. Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi would like to make pedestrians safer. The former mayoral candidate has introduced a measure which would make the use of electronic devices illegal when crossing the street. KHON broke the news on Monday. The story has since been picked up by the Associated Press and has landed in the “Breaking News” section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser website. According to the KHON report, the police department does not track electronic device usage for pedestrian accidents.
Councilmember Kobayashi has not yet been reached for comment.