Singapore: ‘Distracted walking’: Should it be made illegal?

You are likely to have come across them – pedestrians with their heads down, eyes focused on the screens of their mobile phones or electronic devices while they cross the road. They are sometimes oblivious to their surroundings and can get into accidents.

The traffic police has updated the Highway Code – a code of conduct for all road users – to include an advisory against this behaviour known as “distracted walking”. Pedestrians should avoid using mobile communication devices while crossing the road, said the advisory.

The updated Highway Code, which took effect on Dec 1, comes after two Land Transport Authority (LTA) initiatives that encourage pedestrians to pay attention on the road.