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>> It seems everyone with a smartphone does it, using their device while crossing the street. But in Chicago, some may soon have to pay for it. A new law proposed in the city would fine anyone who texts or talks on their cellphone while crossing the street.
pporters say their proposed law can help keep those numbers from rising further.
>> I think it's a problem.>> It's dangerous, they're not looking.>> But the price is raising eyebrows, $90 the first time, $500 for repeat offenders.>> $500 because I'm distracted, wow.>> These people have lost their mind, that is not the Chicago way.>> But it is the Hawaii way.
That state became the first in the US to outlaw, what it calls, distracted walking, last month. However, offenders there face fines ranging from only $15 to $99. In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reserving judgement, for now.>> Everybody does it, and then everybody's irritated when somebody else does it.
So my total view is I want to look at it. I think it has something to do with people's own safety.>> City officials say 27 pedestrians have been killed in Chicago so far this year.