If U.S. State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) has his way, a new “iPod Crosswalk Ban” proposal would make it illegal to walk, jog or bike across the street in New York City while using your iPod. Kruger wants to slap pedestrians with $100 fines for using electronic gadgets, like the iPod, while crossing the street. Last year, Australian Police issued a similar law that banned cyclists from using their iPods after a series of fatal accidents.
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People Are Dying Because They Can’t Hear Traffic Or Warnings Over Their iPod’s Music
Two men were killed in his Kruger’s borough recently while listening to their iPods – one of which involved a 23-year-old who was killed in traffic while bystanders screamed: “Watch out!” Unfortunately, the man was unable to hear the warnings over the music in his headphones.
“If you’re so involved in your electronic device that you can’t see or hear a car coming, this is indicative of a larger problem that requires some sort of enforcement beyond the application of common sense,” Kruger said.
Do We Really Need An iPod Crosswalk Ban?
Is an iPod crosswalk ban a little too Big Brother? Many people online aren’t taking the news of this bill too seriously. Digg.com user Packernirvana posted this tongue-in-cheek comment about the story:
“I understand that they’re working on another bill in New York. A $200 penalty for those caught walking and chewing gum.”
Maybe everyone just needs to exercise a little common sense when using their iPod. How hard is it to lower the volume and look both ways before you cross the street? Didn’t we all learn how to properly cross the street before we could tie our own shoelaces?
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.