CNMI House passes bill penalising distracted pedestrians

7:16 pm on 12 August 2019

The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has passed a bill that would penalise pedestrians who cross streets while using their phones.

The measure would impose fines on pedestrians caught crossing the road while using handheld or mobile electronic devices that cause impairment.

It now goes to the Senate.

The bill would impose a fine of up to $US150 depending on how many times the person had offended.

70 percent of the money from fines will be deposited in a revolving fund which will be used for "educational and enforcement" purposes.

The remainder goes to road and lighting maintenance as well as signage.

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