Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 11:55 AM ET

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National Audio 11:55 AM ET

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NAT063 - (Ont-Distracted-Texting) TORONTO. x-09s. An Ontario provincial legislator says he will introduce a "zombie bill" that would target distracted walking. Liberal Yvan Baker says the bill -- called the Phones Down, Heads Up Act -- would impose fines for anyone caught using their cellphone or any electronic device while crossing the street. Baker says if the private member's bill becomes law, it would increase road safety by encouraging pedestrians to put down their electronic devices or risk fines ranging from 50-dollars for a first offence to 125-dollars for a third offence. ("..get hurt.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The only exceptions would be when pedestrians are calling emergency services or when they're continuing a phone call which started before crossing the roadway. …

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