Making Pedestrians Safer?

–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.


2 responses to “Making Pedestrians Safer?

  1. It will be interesting. The current write up is an expansion of the original bill which bans drivers from texting or playing games on their devices.

  2. I must admit that I sometimes get distracted with texting while walking. I can’t count the number of times I’ve bumped into displays and people, because I was either texting or googling something online. I can’t believe it has come to this. Well, its refreshing to see lawmakers making the pedestrians take ownership this time around.

    Only time will tell, but I have a feeling this one might stick around.

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