Using phones or other similar devices whilst walking has been declared illegal in Japan as the councillors in the city of Yamato, in Kanagawa Prefecture, central Japan, are set to vote on a proposal to ban the use of these devices while walking after research reportedly showed that too many people were looking at their phones while on the road.
There are clear indications that many cities and nations of the world will follow suit when the law is passed and becomes affective in Japan.
The vote is set to be passed this month If the June and Yamato will become the first city in Japan to ban walking while looking at a phone. Then walking while staring at your phone may be categorised as offending behaviour. It will become effective by July1 if it is passed.
The law is to minimise distraction and reduce injuries people sustain whilst using phones and similar devices on the streets.
It was revealed that 1,506 visits to emergency departments in the U.S in 2010 were caused by mobile phone use in public places.
The new law would then be defined as offending behaviour which is walking while gazing at the screen of a smartphone or other device.
Pedestrians injuries have risen by 800% and scientists claim that texting and scrolling on touchscreens are part of the major causes. People walk into lamppost and trip over and step out of traffic as their beads and minds are buried in the smart phones.
The lead author of the research, Dr. Sarah Simmons and her colleagues said: “Given the ubiquity of smartphones, social media, apps, digital video, and streaming music, which has infiltrated most aspects of daily life, distracted walking and street crossing will be a road safety issue for the foreseeable future”.