New York may ban iPods while crossing street

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New York may ban iPods while crossing street

Post by living_stradivarius » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:31 pm

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine.

New York State Sen. Carl Kruger says three pedestrians in his Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device. In one case bystanders screamed "watch out" to no avail.

Kruger says he will introduce legislation on Wednesday to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street.

"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Kruger said in a telephone interview from Albany, the state capital.

"This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it's becoming not only endemic but it's creating an atmosphere where we have a major public safety crisis at hand."

Tech-consuming New Yorkers trudge to work on sidewalks and subways like an army of drones, appearing to talk to themselves on wireless devices or swaying to seemingly silent tunes.

"I'm not trying to intrude on that," Kruger said. "But what's happening is when they're tuning into their iPod or Blackberry or cell phone or video game, they're walking into speeding buses and moving automobiles. It's becoming a nationwide problem."

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/02/0 ... index.html

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Post by Ralph » Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:24 pm

This will go nowhere.
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Post by Brendan » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:36 pm

Sometimes it isn't the device but the brain it's plugged into. I can vividly recall being in a car park one day yelling at someone with no headphones or telephones and pointing at the oncoming car. They kept focusing on my finger, and advancing, not where I was pointing and trying to drag their eye. Not a heavy accident nor injuries, but the look on the persons face when they realized/were hit was still half-vacant.

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Post by Ted » Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:14 pm

This idiot (Carl Kruger) is an....Oh...did I already say idiot

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Post by Ralph » Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:58 pm

They'll take my iPod away when they pull the headphones off my cold, dead ears.
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Post by RebLem » Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:22 pm

Maybe they should require that you have a prescription if you are driving in diapers.
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Post by keaggy220 » Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:34 am

Wow, NY must've recently become a mecca of tranquility - I mean, let's see what's been on the lawmakers desks lately... taking fat out of french fries, outlawing skinny models and cracking down on street crossings with iPods. Move over Disney World...

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