Many still on the phone, even when crossing the road

The pedestrian crossing at Block 177 Toa Payoh Central. Some have called for legislation to ban pedestrians crossing the road from using their mobile phones. The idea to fine errant pedestrians is not new. Such laws are already in place in selected A
The pedestrian crossing at Block 177 Toa Payoh Central. Some have called for legislation to ban pedestrians crossing the road from using their mobile phones. The idea to fine errant pedestrians is not new. Such laws are already in place in selected American cities such as Honolulu in Hawaii and Montclair in California.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

They are aware of the danger but continue to do so out of habit and in the belief they are alert to traffic

Many pedestrians here continue to look at their mobile phones when crossing the road, even though they are aware that it can put them in danger.

The peril of such behaviour was highlighted by the viral video clip of a woman who was hit by a taxi in Lavender Street earlier this month while she was jaywalking and talking on her phone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'Many still on the phone, even when crossing the road'. Print Edition | Subscribe