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No texting while walking! Dagupan eyes ban on ‘distracted walking’

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Dagupan City is pushing for the prohibition of cellphone use while crossing streets and highways.

Dagupan City Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez said her proposed ordinance aims to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

The Pangasinan politiko said using a cellphone while crossing the street is as dangerous as using it while driving.

“For not only are pedestrians taking their eyes off their surroundings and therefore less able to react, they are also more likely to ignore oncoming traffic and to walk more slowly than if they were not trying to multitask,” Fernandez said.

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