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A city official in northern California wants to pass a law that bans the use of cellphones at crosswalks saying the measure could help save lives.
San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa believes the measure is a practical solution to help cut down on avoidable accidents and keep pedestrians safe while on the street.
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'Everyone loves their smartphones but let's be honest — they can be downright dangerous,' The Mercury News quoted Canepa as saying.
'The state rightly banned texting and driving and now it's time to protect pedestrians.'
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The proposal has already garnered support from board supervisors in the county, who joined together to pass a resolution asking state legislators to take up the measure.
In their proposal, the supervisors cite a National Safety Council report published in 2015 that showed accidents involving distracted pedestrians using their mobile device accounted for 11,000 injuries between 2000 and 2011.
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