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Mayor bans distracted walking

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HONOLULU (NBC) -

Texting and walking across the street will soon be illegal in one Hawaii town.

On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell, signed a bill that bans pedestrians from using cell phones and other electronic devices while crossing the street.

It was first introduced by councilman Brandon Elefante and aims to increase responsibility of pedestrians while on the road.

Opponents have called the bill "intrusive" and "local government overreach" while supporters say it's needed to keep pedestrians safe from distractions.

A fine between $15-35 dollars is for the first violation but increases up to $99 for each additional violation.

The new law goes into effect October 25th.

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