A Vancouver City Councillor says he likes Toronto’s proposal to ban texting while walking in crosswalks and roadways.
Geoff Meggs says technology is increasingly making for danger on the roads.
“Well, I think it’s a practical idea because it’s been necessary for people who are driving. You know, anyone who’s in traffic, whether they are in a car or on foot or on a bicycle, should be alert and pay attention to the road, not texting. So, it’s easy for a pedestrians to get distracted because they’re safe on a sidewalk, but once they step on the road they should be putting the phone away.”
Any B.C. ban would require a change to the province’s motor vehicle act.
Earlier this morning, Ontario’s Transportation Minister rejected Toronto’s bid to have the Province change its laws.
No proposals on province’s radar, yet
While Meggs says he’d support a Toronto-style motion to ban texting in crosswalks – the province says it’s not on the radar.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says it’s not something we’ll see any time soon.
“We’re always looking at things and requests that come along, but there is no proposal on the table at the moment.”
“I will say though that when you’re driving and texting its ridiculous and extremely dangerous. When you are walking and texting, if you are crossing a crosswalk, that two is really dangerous, and I would strongly advise people when they’re in the streets and using the streets to be paying attention.”