Many states already ban held-held phone use while driving, and for those that do not, it may be just a matter of time until distracted driving is reduced. But what about busy sidewalks, jogging trails and other places packed with walkers bobbing and weaving to avoid each other? Are there any regulations protecting pedestrians from those with their eyes glued to CandyCrush or Twitter?
While I can't say that I've been flooded with stories of collisions and mishaps from those who commute on foot, it does not mean that serial texters and smartphone gamers are not something of a nuisance. You don't think? I mean, who really wants their steaming coffee splashed all over in a head-on with a Facebook poster?
Next time you are in a mall or walking in a congested urban area, count how many times you are bumped, nudged, or had to make special maneuvers to avoid someone who did not see you because their face was buried in their mobile device.
OK, in all honesty, I may have been that distracted walker a few times. Seems like many of us live our lives in a constant state of hyper-drive. So who can resist the mid-stride temptation of peeking into your purse or reaching into your pocket to send a quick message, check the weather or latest football scores.
Two separate walking lanes
In the Chinese city of Chongqing, pedestrians are being funneled onto two distinctive sidewalk paths to follow. One clearly reads, "Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk." The lane next to it, no cellphones allowed at all.
No, it was not the work of government officials who just had too much time on their hands. Instead, we find that it was the local property manager who thought it would be worthwhile to remind people of the dangers of walking while cellphone "fiddling."
Is this the first of many efforts to increase safety on the world's trails, sidewalks, and escalators? Will YouTube, Vine, and SnapChat become littered with videos and photos of teens taking daring selfies in "no use" areas? One can only imagine the fallout. Nevertheless, we can prepare to be entertained by what's happening street-side, if not any safer.