‘Smartphone zombies’ BANNED from texting while walking in Japanese city

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Using a smartphone while walking has been banned in the city of Yamato, making it the first place in Japan to bring in a rule to stop distracted ‘smartphone zombies’ from endangering themselves and others.

The new ban will come into effect next week, after a draft order was passed by the city’s assembly on Thursday. There will be no penalty for those who ignore it, but the city said it hopes people will recognize that “smartphones should be used when not in motion.”

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