LIPPY LONDON

Should it be illegal to cross the street while texting?

Ontario Liberal MPP Yvan Baker's private member's bill aims to curb distracted walking in the province. Our panel of Lippy Londoners weighs the pros and cons of the proposed legislation.

Our Lippy London panel discusses a private member's bill that would ban texting while crossing the street

From left to right: Murray Faulkner, Carrie Anne Stephenson, Michelle Baldwin (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC News)

Ontario Liberal MPP Yvan Baker's private member's bill aims to curb distracted walking in the province. The move follows one U.S. city that passed a historic law banning pedestrians from looking down at their smartphones while crossing the street. 

Baker said he was inspired by Hawaii's largest city, Honolulu, which adopted its so-called "zombie law" last month. It cracks down on people who are texting or not paying attention while crossing the street. They can be fined up to $35, or even more for repeat offenders. 

London Morning asked: Is a ban on texting and walking while crossing the street a good idea?

Around the table:

  • Murray Faulkner, a former police chief in London.
  • Michelle Baldwin, the executive director of the Pillar Nonprofit Network.
  • Carrie Anne Stephenson, London comic.