Toronto city council asks province to ban texting while walking on streets
Toronto city council is asking the province to outlaw texting while walking across a street or otherwise walking on a roadway.
“There is a fine for texting and driving. But there isn’t for texting and walking on a roadway,” said Counc. Frances Nunziata, who moved a motion advocating the ban.
“And I don’t know if members of council have experienced this, but especially downtown, when you’re driving and you’ve got a green light or a red light and a pedestrian is in the middle of the roadway, texting, and won’t move … in my opinion that’s a safety issue.
“If you’re texting and driving, and texting and walking across an intersection, in my opinion it’s the same,” she said.
The motion, which passed 26-15, calls on the provincial Minister of Transportation to amend the Highway Traffic Act to permit the fining of distracted pedestrians.