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Travel Tip: New Legislation in Honolulu to Stop “Smartphone Zombies”

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Locations in this article:  Honolulu, HI

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We all know about the dangers of texting while driving.

But equally dangerous is texting while walking—especially when you’re traveling in unfamiliar locations.

Now one popular U.S. vacation city is doing something about it.

Starting in October, Honolulu will become the first major U.S. city to pass legislation making distracted walking a crime.

Anyone caught looking at their phones or tablets while crossing the street will be fined between $15 and $99.

It’s an attempt to stop the increase in what they call “smartphone zombies.”

Germany even has its own phrase—these people are called “smombies.”

Other cities are expected to follow suit.

What’s next? Penalizing skateboarders with headphones?

Considering the number of injuries and deaths resulting from people simply not paying attention, this legislation might be helpful.

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