Ontario is turning down Toronto city council’s request to ban texting and walking while crossing the street, instead dishing out a bit of common sense advice.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says pedestrians should keep their heads up while on the road and always be aware of their surroundings.
But, he says, the Liberal government has no plans to change the Highway Traffic Act, as Toronto requested Thursday.
City council requested a province-wide ban to prohibit pedestrians from texting while on “any travelled portion of a roadway.”
The city has set itself a goal of reducing the number of road fatalities to zero over a five-year period.