CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AND HONOLULU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES (CBS / REUTERS) – It seems everyone with a smart phone 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.
Some are calling it a good idea.
SOT: “I think its a problem” BUTTED TO SOT: “It’s dangerous. they’re not looking”
But the price is raising eyebrows…90-dollars the first time, 500 dollars for repeat offenders.
SOT: “500 dollars because I’m distracted!? Wow” BUTTED TO: “These people have lost their minds. That is not the Chicago way.”
However, offenders there face fines of only 15 dollars for a first offense, maxxing out at 99 dollars.
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reserving judgment — for now.
SOT: Mayor Rahm Emanuel/Chicago: “Everybody does it and then everybody is irritated when someone 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 have been killed in Chicago so far — that’s one more than last year.
Supporters say the proposed law can help keep those numbers from rising further.