text and walk

It might soon be illegal to text and walk in Toronto

How many times have you gotten stuck behind someone who's texting and walking? It's certainly annoying, but come on, you've probably done it too.

Yesterday, however, Toronto city council voted in favour of a motion asking the provincial government to make it illegal for pedestrian to use cellphones while crossing the street.

City council was debating the road-safety plan and Councillor Frances Nunziata moved this amendment, which passed 26 to 15. As the Toronto Star reports, some councillors thought it was a joke.

And more specifically, council is asking the province to change the Highway Traffic Act to forbid people from "actively using a handheld wireless communication device or handheld electronic entertainment device while on any travelled portion of a roadway."

Torontonians reacted to the news with snark and many seemed concerned about what this ban could mean for new-fangled PokéMasters.






Photo by Sanjin Avdicevic via the blogTO Flickr pool.


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