Walking while staring at your cell phone is a hazard. More so, texting while crossing the street greatly heightens the danger for you and any oncoming motorist, which is why Honolulu, Hawaii is trying to outlaw the ill-advised practice altogether.
A bill passed by Honolulu's City Council on Wednesday bans anyone from texting while they're crossing the street. It's awaiting the approval of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who has 10 business days to finalize it with his signature. As Gizmodo notes, various cities in New Jersey, New York, Arkansas, Illinois, and Nevada have tried implementing the very same ban, but have so far fallen short of the goal. Washington state was the first to outlaw texting while driving, and since then a total of 47 states, including D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have followed suit, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.