LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Walking while talking on the phone or listening to music via earbuds or headphones can now earn pedestrians a $100 fine in Montclair.
The small bedroom community about 30 miles east of Los Angeles banned distracted walking while crossing an intersection, an ordinance that went into effect this year.READ MORE: Clippers Lose to Cavaliers 92-79
According to the ordinance, pedestrians cannot “cross a street or highway while engaged in a phone call, viewing a mobile electronic device or with both ears covered or obstructed by personal audio equipment” like over-the-ear headphones and ear buds.READ MORE: Beverly Hills Police Department Accused Of Racial Profiling
There are, however, exceptions for 911 calls, medically-prescribed hearing aids and emergency first responders who are on duty.
City officials say pedestrians now account for 15 percent of all vehicle-related fatalities.MORE NEWS: Woman Reported Missing In Rowland Heights Found
A first violation costs $100, and doubles if caught again within a year. If still within that same 12-month period, subsequent violations can cost as much as $500 each time.