31 Oct '17, 1pm

Law proposed for Ontario, Canada to ban "distracted walking"

All these laws imply that the pedestrian has "shared responsibility." In fact, they have the right of way. Honolulu did it. New Jersey tried to do it. Now, in Ontario, Canada, the "Phones Down, Heads Up Act " has been proposed, to make it illegal to cross the street while using a phone. Province of Ontario/Public Domain The bill was proposed by a suburban Toronto member of Provincial Parliament, Yvan Baker, who tells the Star that he wasn't downplaying the dangers posed by drivers using phones. But what I am saying is that a component of the problem we face is that some people when they cross the road are distracted. And experts tell us that’s a risky behaviour, and experts tell us we should take steps to address that. And that’s what this bill is meant to do. When challenged about the bill on the CBC radio, Baker fell back on the "if it saves only one life" argument, then...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/walking/law-proposed-ontario-c...

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