Msg#: 3245341 posted 4:25 pm on Feb 7, 2007 (gmt 0)
NEW YORK -- A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street in either New York City or Buffalo.
NewsChannel 4 reported that Sen. Carl Kruger is proposing the ban in response to two recent pedestrian deaths in his district, including a 23-year-old man who was struck and killed last month while listening to his iPod on Avenue T and East 71st Street In Bergen Beach.
"While people are tuning into their iPods and cell phones, they're tuning out the world around them," Kruger said. The proposed law would make talking on cell phones while crossing the street a comparable offense to jaywalking.
Msg#: 3245341 posted 2:38 am on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)
Unfortunately, lack of common sense also helps keep the jails and prisons full. It's been pointed out too that pedestrians in the roadway generally have the right of way. This ban really does need to fail, only because of it's intrusive nature. Mr. Kruger is right in pointing out that there is a problem. An alternative approach would be to raise awareness that pedestrians need take it upon themselves to be safe. Maybe the Boy Scouts will take up assisting Ipod users across the street. Maybe life insurance premiums for Ipod users should be increased since they seem to pose such a risk to themselves.
Msg#: 3245341 posted 6:06 am on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)
Kruger declared. "You want to walk in the park, enjoy it. You want to jog around a jogging path, all the more power to you, but you should not be crossing streets and endangering yourself and the lives of others."