Despite the July 2011 rumors that were circulating on the internet, national TV programs and other forms of media, the Philadelphia hand held cell phone ban does not apply directly to pedestrians. Yet, it is important for pedestrian safety and it may be important for pedestrians to follow.
In 2009, Philadelphia passed a ban on hand held cell phone use that applies to operators of vehicles. “Vehicles” is broadly defined and includes not only motorists but also operators of other vehicles such as skateboards and rollerblades. The law was passed to help prevent serious and fatal traffic accidents in Philadelphia.
However, it is not just motorists who are distracted. Distracted pedestrians who are texting, listening to music, or engaged in a cell phone conversation may not pay attention to crosswalks and traffic lights and end up in a serious Pennsylvania accident.
In order for pedestrians to stay safe on the streets of Philly, it is important that motorists and pedestrians alike pay attention to the road and avoid distractions such as cell phones and MP3 players.
Have you noticed an increase in distracted drivers or pedestrians? How do you think Philly streets can be made safer? Please leave a comment and let us know.