Honolulu in Hawaii has become the first city in the world to ban people from looking at their phones or other digital devices while crossing roads.

The law which was passed in July in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths that occur while people are distracted came into force yesterday.

First offenders will face fines of up to $15 – $35 while repeat offenders face fines of up to $99.

Urgent calls to the emergency services are exempt from the ban.

The distracted walking law states that “no pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device”.