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The City Of Yamato In Japan Banned The Use Of Smartphones While Walking

The City Of Yamato In Japan Banned The Use Of Smartphones While Walking

Yamato city became the first municipality in Japan to ban the use of smartphones while walking on the streets, according to a law passed there on Thursday, Kyodo News Agency reports.

The law, which will come into force on July 1, is Advisory in nature and does not provide for any penalties for those who do not comply with it. Yamato lawmakers hope that the city residents themselves will realize that smartphones cannot be used while walking, as it is dangerous. According to the law, they must stop where they do not create obstacles for other road users.

In January, according to Kyodo, the city authorities conducted a study, finding that out of six thousand passers-by, 12% used smartphones when walking.

Japanese scientists have found that if a person sends a message from their smartphone, their viewing angle is reduced to one-third, and when driving, they can collide with other pedestrians or vehicles.