Wednesday, 7 February 2007
|1212 - More NYC silliness|
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.
I don't see how this is going to be enforceable. It's simply far too prevalent.
current mood: amused
current music: Mott the Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Hopefully they'll make exceptions for devices like hearing aids... Of course, from what I've seen, new hearing aids can act as headphones or headsets for phones as well.
I agree that it's a rather silly, unenforceable law. I hate when governments try to enforce common sense or make laws to take the place of personal responsibility.
Plus, this is one of those "defeats natural selection" laws that I don't like.
If you're too damn stupid to look both ways before crossing the street, you don't deserve to live.
True, but other people could be harmed by it too if, for example, they tried to swerve to avoid hitting someone and got in a wreck.
People simply need to take responsibility for themselves. Protecting citizens from their own stupidity is not (or SHOULD NOT be) the government's business.
If Darwin doesn't dissuade people from foolish behaviors, how likely is a fine to? I'd say "Not very."
Okay, I could see fining people for walking across the street while occupied by a cell phone, a crackberry, or some other visual digital distraction. Reckless endangerment. They're not just putting themselves at risk, they're putting the drivers at risk (see my comment below.)
However, I listen to music everywhere I walk, and I'm always extra careful when I cross the street. Simply wearing headphones is NOT distracting enough for me to be a danger to myself and others around me.
Luckily, I don't live in NYC, and even if I did, like you said, there's no way they're going to be able to enforce it.
Er, I meant above, not below.
I've had some near missses with my iPod, but I usually keep the volume low enough so that I can hear traffic and to avoid damaging my hearing. Maybe they should ban day-dreaming too.