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Lithuania to ban pedestrians from using phones while crossing street

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Speaking on phone while walking across the street will be banned in Lithuania, the government decided on Wednesday.

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Pedestrians must avoid any actions that could distract their attention from the environment and traffic situation, including using mobile devices, the government's decision reads. If the rule is violated, pedestrians will face a fine from 20 up to 40 euros.

"Probably we all agree that pedestrians who are crossing the street at pedestrian crossings often don't pay enough attention to their participation in the traffic. All steps aimed at encouraging pedestrians to act more responsibly must be seen as positive," Vytautas Grasys, head of Lithuanian Road Police Service, was quoted as saying by local media.

Municipal video surveillance systems at public places will help monitor how the new rules are respected, Grasys said.

According to the updated road rules, the drivers will be also obliged to stop and let pass of the pedestrians who are yet to cross the street.

Car drivers will be also obliged to keep at least 1 meter distance while outrunning cyclists if the car's speed is less than 50 km/h and 1.5 meter distance if the speed is over 50 km/h.

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