County Wants to Ban Use of Cellphones on Crosswalks

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa says he believes banning cellphones in crosswalks will save lives, and on Tuesday, his fellow supervisors joined him in passing a resolution that asks state lawmakers to pass the requisite legislation.

“Everyone loves their smartphones but let’s be honest — they can be downright dangerous,” Canepa said. “The state rightly banned texting and driving and now it’s time to protect pedestrians.”

The board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution at its meeting Tuesday in Redwood City.

Distracted walking incidents involving cellphones accounted for more than 11,000 injuries between 2000 and 2011, according to a 2015 report by the National Safety Council. The report, which is cited in the resolution, noted it is “just as important to walk cell free as it is to drive cell free,” because “pedestrians and drivers using cellphones are both impaired and too mentally distracted to fully focus on their surroundings.”

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Source: Mercury News