Talk and cross bill loses reception with council

Published: May. 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM HST|Updated: May. 26, 2011 at 2:21 PM HST
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Sapphire Tucker
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By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Feel free to continue to walk and talk, the law that would have made it illegal to cross the street while holding a mobile device is getting disconnected.

The mobile phone is a part of everyday, every minute life.  So forcing people to not only hang up, but not even carry the phone while crossing the street didn't go over so well.

"It's completely ridiculous," said Anosh Yaqoob, Salt Lake Moanalua.

"It seems to me it would be against someone's first amendment rights to a certain degree," said James Valentine, Waikiki.

"Why you going to take away your right to talk on the phone. Why don't we ban all cell phones then, that's stupid," said Sapphire Tucker, Kapolei.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi admits she didn't want to introduce the bill, but did on behalf of constituents that have been asking more than a year.

"Their friend ran over this woman and she wasn't seriously injured but she was on a cell phone and walked right in front of their car," said Kobayashi.

But that argument wasn't enough to get passed the overwhelming opposition to the law which is why the bill won't be heard in committee hearings.

"When you start talking about regulating what someone can hold in their hand when they're walking across the street I think it's government overstepping boundaries when we should really be helping people learn about making smart and safe choices," said Tulsi Gabbard, Honolulu City Councilmember.

"The closest danger I ever had to crossing the street and looking at my phone was bumping into another person who was also doing that, but that's just because we both weren't looking," said Tucker.

"The city council does often present us with ideas that we can only shake our heads at," said Yaqoob.

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