Should you be fined for looking at your mobile phone while you’re walking along?

In America they call people who do that, “smartphone zombies”. In Honolulu, pedestrians have been banned from looking at their phones while crossing the street. You could be fined up to £75 ($99).

It’s to reduce injuries and deaths from “distracted walking”. More than 11 thousand cellphone zombies were injured in the United States between 2000 and 2011. That’s according to a study from the University of Maryland.

I don’t know where I’m at with this one. Just because SOME people find it difficult to walk and chew gum at the same time, why should we ALL be banned from using a mobile phone while we cross the road? Is it just another attack on our freedom?

Then I think about other safety laws, like compulsory crash helmets. That law took away freedom but how many lives have been saved in Britain since 1973, when we made it illegal to ride a motorbike without a crash helmet?

Every day governments pass laws to make us a safer society. As they do this, we lose personal freedoms. Where is the line between where our right to choose is more important than the government’s right to impose their standards on us. Even if it’s for our own good?

Maybe there needs to be a compromise here. Maybe you should be allowed to use a mobile phone while you’re crossing the street, as long as you’re wearing a crash helmet.

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