Don’t Text and Walk

Distracted driving has been a huge, often fatal, burden on society. Despite hefty fines and the constant reminders of the potential catastrophic consequences, many drivers still use their phones when behind the wheel.

It’s simple common sense and I couldn’t agree more with the laws that are in place. If for any reason, you need convincing or just want to get a little emotional, check out this powerful anti-distracted driving video.

But I must say I was surprised to hear about the new law that has been passed in Honolulu: the Distracted Walking Law that prohibits looking at a cell phone while crossing the street. The fact that we live in a world where people need a deterrence from not watching where they are going, astounds me. Even as a young millennial whose entire life resides in my iPhone, I have the basic common sense instilled in me from childhood to look both ways, not walk into oncoming traffic, make eye contact with a driver before stepping out and not walk into poles.

However, according to the US National Safety Council, more than 11,100 injuries in the US between 2000 and 2011 were attributed to distracted walking, but 52% of these injuries happened at home and 80% were attributed to a fall.

Checking your phone while crossing a street in Honolulu will now cost pedestrians anywhere from $15 to $99 depending on the number of offenses.

I think Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell put it best: “Sometimes I wish there were laws we did not have to pass, that perhaps common sense would prevail, but sometimes we lack common sense.”

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Kaila Joynes, Junior Consultant