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Politicians approve $500 fine for crossing street while using cell phone

By Mason White 3:08 PM July 18, 2017
Woman texting on cell phone (illustration)
Woman texting on cell phone (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

If you are planning to visit Honolulu, Hawaii, you should leave your phone at home.

The Honolulu City Council has approved large fines for pedestrians using their cell phone while crossing streets.

The lawmakers who approved the legislation, said that the fines were pushed by high school students supporting the bill. First time offenders will get a fine of between $15 and $99.

However, those who are caught a second time, could receive a fine of up to $500.

In addition to cell phones, pedestrians crossing streets will not be allowed to use tablets, video games, digital cameras, pagers and laptops computers.

Councilman Brandon Elefante said that people need to look both ways while crossing streets and not on their electronic devices.

People calling 911 will be exempt from the fine.