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Another wonderful law courtesy of NYC...

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NEW YORK, Feb 7 (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."


... after banning smoking it was only a matter of time before shit like this happens
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-08-2007, 10:06 AM
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Define blithely?

I listen to my iPod during my morning commute on the bus and few block walk to my client's site. I cross the street with my friggen EYES.

Stupid law. How about stopping cell phones while driving before this crap.

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wont happen. this is akin to telling deaf people they cannot cross streets. it's insanity.

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They should ban idiots...

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Let the dumb ass get run over if they are too stupid to pay attention to traffic. Call it population control.

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wont happen. this is akin to telling deaf people they cannot cross streets. it's insanity.
Good point. My ex was deaf and she drove legally.

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Let the dumb ass get run over if they are too stupid to pay attention to traffic. Call it population control.
Same should apply for seat belts and helmets IMO. You know you should wear both (not at the same time. LOL) but it should be your choice, not something that's mandated.

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Good point. My ex was deaf and she drove legally.

How'd that work out? What's the sign language for "get me a sammich bish!" j/k

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thats crazy... when are you supposed to use iPods and cell phones? when you're at home next to a computer and land line phone? thats the point of such devices. if people are too dumb to use them while walking, they should take it upon themselves to stop and graduate 8th grade.

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Same should apply for seat belts and helmets IMO. You know you should wear both (not at the same time. LOL) but it should be your choice, not something that's mandated.

Some should wear them at the same time.
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there's no way that would ever pass. if it did i would like to meet the cop who would actually write that citation so i can slap him silly
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wont happen. this is akin to telling deaf people they cannot cross streets. it's insanity.
+1 And what about blind people?

What the heck ever happened to personal responsibility? Why do we continously need to be saved from ourselves?

And if, as a politition, you really cared about people dying, why not ban alcohol or tabacco sales? Those kill 300K to 400K per year each.

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How'd that work out? What's the sign language for "get me a sammich bish!" j/k

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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.
Oh ya, this is way out of hand. 3 people in 4 months time!

Nothing more than some politician trying to make a name for themself.

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"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."
how does fining someone for listening to their iPod or talking on their phone protect them? If they are dumb enough to walk into traffic without looking and get hit by a freaking bus, they're gonna be gone soon anyway
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I like bans like this. For it not only bothers me that people smoke in public anywhere within a 5 mile radius of me but I also don't like other people being distracted. This is nothing but a good thing.
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I'm waiting for the IQ ban for certain activities... You know.. it's for the public good.

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