Two thirds of Canadians support distracted walking legislation, according to a new survey by B.C. pollster Insights West.
It’s behaviour most Canadians have probably been guilty of one time or another: Talking or texting on your phone while walking down the street or through a cross walk.
But what if it was banned?
Mario Canseco with Insights West says 66% of Canadians surveyed support their own municipality enacting distracted walking legislation.
“If somebody catches you they can have a bylaw officer who can essentially give you a fine.”
He says Toronto is looking into it, and two Vancouver city Councillors have also voiced support for a ban.
But Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs, who has spoken in support of the idea previously says it’s a change that needs provincial action.
“The province really should provide that kind of leadership and it would be preferable if that’s the case.”
In a statement, the Ministry of Public Safety says the province is not considering putting a law to ticket pedestrians who text and walk.
But it says there is already a law on the books with a $121 fine for any road user, including pedestrians, for failing to obey traffic lights when crossing the street.