Editorial: Smartphones sure make us dumb | Chino Valley Review – Arizona News

Editorial: Smartphones sure make us dumb | Chino Valley Review – Arizona News

While using a cell phone while driving has triggered the most alarm bells and prompted laws in many states, experts say pedestrians are also suffering the consequences of mobile distraction tripping on curbs, walking into traffic, even stepping into manholes as they chat or type while walking. (AP File Photo/Ben Margot)

Most Arizonans have long believed in individual freedom and passing as few laws as needed. That has been part of the character in this state for generations and you see it in no mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders to a reluctance to force residents to put down their cellphones while driving.

So we can guess what the reaction of Arizonans would be to the Honolulu City Council passing an ordinance that mandates pedestrians put away their smartphones before using a crosswalk.

City officials point to a 2015 University of Maryland study that says more than 11,000 injuries were caused in the United States between 2000 and 2011 that were related to being distracted by a phone while walking.

The National Safety Council added “distracted walking” to its annual compilation of the biggest risks for unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States.

Starting on Oct. 25, if you use a crosswalk while staring at your phone in Honolulu, it could result in a fine between $15 and $99 (starts low, increases with each violation).

If you’re calling 9-1-1 while in a crosswalk, you’re fine. Emergency situations are exempt.

“We hold the unfortunate distinction of being a major city with more pedestrians being hit in crosswalks, particularly our seniors, than almost…

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