Ban on mobile phones in pedestrian crossings proposed in Lithuania

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Amendments have been registered at the parliament, banning the use of mobile devices on pedestrian crossings.

Proposed by a few members of the opposition conservatives and the ruling Farmers and Greens Union, the amendments would ban pedestrians from using mobile devices without hands-free equipment when crossing streets.

The MPs say the changes are aimed to make sure that all those participating in traffic have their focus on the street, noting that the new scheme would reduce the number of traffic accidents with human casualties.

"Mobile devices disturb the attention of pedestrians and drivers, increasing the risk of traffic accidents," the MPs said.

Vytautas Grasys, Lithuania's traffic police chief, told BNS the amendments were needed.

"When we look at the behavior of pedestrians on crossings, I think we have to take certain measures, as their behavior in the traffic is the last thing they think when crossing a street – they speak on their phones and browse the Internet. Meanwhile, traffic rules require their focus to be on the traffic," said Grasys.

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