Texting while crossing the road will now get you fined in Honolulu

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Honolulu residents are more interested in their screens than the views (Source: Getty)

Heads up: one city has decided to take action against a serious scourge of modern day life.

A new law in Honolulu which comes into force today means that anyone caught crossing the road and sending text messages at the same time will have to pay.

A $35 fine can now be dished out to citizens by police if they're spotted looking at their phone, or any other device for that matter.

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The councillor who proposed the bill said it was a "milestone" in legislation when it comes to safety, speaking to the New York Times.

Elsewhere, some cities have decided to create smartphone lanes dedicated to the hunch-shouldered zombie-like smartphone user. And in a Dutch region, new crossing lights were installed on the pavement to get the attention of distracted phone users.

And t's no wonder we're having to work out such new ways: apparently we check our phones 85 times a day.

City AM Should fines for people who use their phone while crossing the road be introduced in London?