Much play is made of the ban on mobile phone usage whilst driving, because it is a distraction from the task, and rightly so.
In the meantime, pedestrians are still legally allowed to use a mobile phone whilst walking, crossing the road and generally negotiating the street..
Is it not time to make pedestrians responsible for their own actions.?
I saw an incident, very recently, in which a pedestrian stepped out into the road and collided with a car, at a road junction, with her mobile phone firmly stuffed into the ear, eyes up in the air and arms swirling about like a windmill.. Clearly, this person was not in contact with the real world, and was stunned to discover that a car might actually turn into the junction.. The lights on the pedestrian crossing were at green for the traffic (and was therefore, by default, at "WAIT" for the pedestrians)..
Luckily, the car driver was alert and observant and was able to stop almost instantly.. The woman just shrieked "Where the F*** did that come from.?" in reference to the car.. She was lucky that it was only the car's door mirror that made contact with her.. She claimed that she never saw the car even though it was already passing her before she stepped out, nor that the crossing lights were against her.!
The question also poses itself.. Why was the motorist singled out as the responsible person, and why was he breathalised when he was clearly not drunk..
The driver was treated like a criminal, whilst the pedestrian was treated like a victim..
She was a victim of sorts, a victim of her own carelessness.!
So, the question remains - Should pedestrians be banned from using their mobile phones whilst walking in the streets.?