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Phones Down, Heads Up Act places onus of safety on pedestrians, lawyer says

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:27 AM | By Amanda Jerome

A private member’s bill meant to raise awareness for distracted walking places responsibility on the most vulnerable people in a traffic interaction which, from a personal injury perspective, might not be such a great idea.

Paul Cahill, Will Davidson LLPBill 171, the Phones Down, Heads Up Act, was introduced by Etobicoke Centre Liberal MPP Yvan Baker on Oct. 30. If passed, the bill would amend the Highway Traffic Act and would prohibit pedestrians from crossing the street while using an electronic communication device.

According to the...