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Walking down the street and talking on WhatsApp could soon be impossible

Unconscious walkers

The big problem for these users, who are actually all of us, is that we become walkers unaware of everything that happens around us, and that can generate problems for ourselves, but also problems for the rest of the people around us Either go in a vehicle, or go walking. If it is already possible to cause or be involved in a traffic accident or an accident with a pedestrian, how much less when we go with our smartphone in hand and without paying attention to what we have in front of us.

There are already cities that have wanted to try to find a solution to this, creating lanes for people who use their mobile phones, something like bike lanes but for those who are talking on WhatsApp or posting a photo on Instagram. Other cities have limited themselves to reminding users not to use their mobile when crossing the crosswalks, something much more dangerous than simply walking on the sidewalk.

However, in Hawaii, fines of up to $ 250 are already imposed on those users who use their mobile phones while crossing the crosswalk. New York, Arkansas, Illinois and Nevada are studying implementing something similar.

However, we are no longer talking only about pedestrian crossings, but in some cities they are considering banning the use of mobile phones even when we walk down the street. In New Jersey they are considering, for example, fining users $ 50 for using their mobile phones when they go down the street. And actually, it might be useful. In the United States, between 2000 and 2011 there were 11,000 injuries caused by using a mobile phone while walking down the street. 12% of them were writing messages, while almost all the others were talking on the phone, a differentiation that should also be decisive.

In any case, at the moment there has been no talk of the possibility of implementing something similar in Spanish cities, something that, by the way, seems logical. After all, banning the use of mobile phones in tourist cities would be completely illogical. Of course, everything will depend on whether it has really become a danger both for the users themselves and for those around them.