Crossing the street with headphones on could soon be a criminal act if a bill in the Knesset is passed into law, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.
The bill, proposed by MK Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beitenu) would outlaw the use of cell phones or headphones attached to any device that makes a sound while crossing the street.
Amar, chairman of the Knesset Caucus for Road Safety, argues such a law would prevent many injuries and fatalities of pedestrians who are distracted while using their phones.
“From a security standpoint, there is no difference between using a cell phone while driving and using one while crossing the street,” Amar said. “In both cases, the driver and the pedestrian are putting their lives in danger and that of those surrounding them.”
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill on Sunday, which clears the way for voting in the plenum.