Forbidden! You’ll be Fined for Doing This while Crossing!
Zhejiang just approved rules to further clarify and refine civilized behavior. Pedestrians will be banned from looking at their cellphones in crosswalks and the fines will be 5 to 50 yuan.
Early this year, Jiaxing of Zhejiang Province has issued Regulations on the Promotion of Civilized Behaviors in Jiaxing City (Draft). For Phubbers who always looking at their hand-held devices, crossing the road when looking at cellphones is forbidden.
The Zhejiang Provincial People’s Congress Standing Committee recently approved the regulations, making it illegal for pedestrians to cross a street or highway while viewing their electronic devices or playing with others.
Violators shall be warned or fined between 5 yuan to 50 yuan.
Besides, it is forbidden to throw garbage and other wastes out of vehicles, to park motor vehicles in the direction of public parking signs or across lines, and to make noise in public places requiring quiet such as hospitals, libraries and museums.
In violation of the regulations, people shall be warned or fined.
It is reported that Jiaxing was appraised as the third national civilized city, and has actively explored, achieved remarkable results and accumulated some experience. Such regulations will enhance the social civilization and will be valuable due to the leading significance.
Netizens have backed the regulations, saying that it should be implemented nationwide.
Some say that the 50 yuan doesn’t mean a thing for life and hope that the punishments go tougher.
In recent years there have been lots of disputes about the legislative punishment of the phubbers. Phubbing has become a social phenomenon since mobile phones and the Internet have become part of our life.
We all know that it is dangerous and illegal to drive while looking at a cellphone and making a phone call. Crossing the road while phubbing has not yet been written into the law though it is also an extremely irresponsible and risky act.
Even so, there are several restrictions on such behavior in many cities.
Wenzhou has implemented similar promotion regulations since January 1, 2019, stipulating that it is uncivilized to cross the road while looking at mobile phones or playing, which affects other vehicles or pedestrians and needs to be rectified.
Just a few days after the implementation, a woman was fined 10 yuan for the violation. Click the link and the pic to know more
In 2017, Honolulu, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaii issued a law that bans pedestrians from looking at their cellphones. It is the first major U.S. city to ban viewing electronic devices while crossing the street.
As Honolulu Mayor said, the “distracted pedestrian” law is needed because so many people in the city – especially seniors – are hit by vehicles in crosswalks.
“Sometimes I wish there were laws we did not have to pass, that perhaps common sense would prevail,” the mayor said. “But sometimes we lack common sense.”
More than 270,000 pedestrians die on the world’s roads each year, according to “Mr Pedestrian” posters released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
On May 27, 2017, a woman in Zhongshan of Guangdong Province crossed the road when the light was red, and collided with a motorbike. Who drove the motor was hurt and later died.
Video from a security camera shows that the woman was looking at her phone when walking across so that she didn’t notice the light was red.
According to the court trial, what she did has directly caused the accident and she should be responsible for the death. As a result, the woman was sentenced to 10 months in prison and she has already paid the victim’s family 200,000 yuan as compensation.
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