You can’t teach common sense

idiot2gif.gifI agree that people are more and more distracted by their electronic devices, but fining people will not stop them from being stupid. I’d rather Darwinism help eliminate these idiots. If you’re self-absorbed and absent-minded enough to walk into traffic, perhaps you deserve it.

Lawmaker wants to ban iPods while crossing street

Feb 7, 2007 — 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 is introducing legislation 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.”

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Friday, February 9, 2007 2:59 pm

as if people havent been listening to walkmen or portable cd players for decades, right?

this is not anything new. how stupid is it to tell people they cant listen to their ipods or talk on the phone in public because a few idiots dont pay attention and happen to have been talking on the phone or listening to ipods at the same time?

when i listen to music and walk around the city im not gonna take my headphones out at every street corner just to put them on again, take them out, in, out, in, out. if it was law i would just stop listening to music in public entirely. and that would really suck, because i love listening to music when i’m by myself 🙁

this whole thing is stupid

Friday, February 9, 2007 10:31 am

Drunks–100 pts.
Drunks on phones–200 pts.
Drunk councilpersons–500 pts.
Drunks hit while shouting–700 pts.
Clergy–666 pts.

Friday, February 9, 2007 9:14 am

Death Race 2007….
We need a comprehensive point system. Anyone?

Friday, February 9, 2007 9:06 am

[quote comment=”13252″]They should waive all liabilities against the innocent drivers that hit them.[/quote]

God that would be sweet. I was getting a ride home last night up Washington and around 4th, some broad strolled out into the street – from in between cars, obviously in between blocks – with a cell phone planted firmly in her ear. Had the driver not slammed on the breaks, she would have been hit. Best part? Didn’t even look, just kept walking and blabbing away on the phone. I would LOVE to have given her a wake-up tap with the front bumper.

Friday, February 9, 2007 8:58 am

[quote comment=”13249″]I know I am going to get shit for this but i agree with fining people. i drive and pedestrians don’t even look at all when using an i pod or cell phone. I walk a lot too and I still agree.[/quote]

The gadget isn’t the problem, the person is. They won’t look before crossing even if there is no pod or phone in their ear. Headphones of one sort or another have been in use for a very long time. The pol who proposed this is just looking for attention.

Hobo91 nailed it.

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