Get Arrested for iPod Walking

State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, New York City plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, mobile phone, Blackberry, or any other electronic device while crossing the street in either New York City or Buffalo.

He is doing this because of two recent pedestrian deaths in his district. One of the pedestrians who was struck and killed was listening to his iPod while walking across the street.

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This is basically unenforceable. You cannot force police to add the stressing duty to watch every major sidewalk and make sure every person is not listening or talking to their electronic device. Plus, how would you know if a person is still listening to their iPod player while walking down the block? Why waste a few minutes to take off your earphones, walk across the street, and put them back on?

Common sense is more practical. Perhaps it's better to remind pedestrians to look both ways before crossing, or not to max the volume on your headphones.


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This sounds like another case of politicians trying to legislate evolution out of society. While I am all for safety standards where necessary, the idea that we should pass laws to protect us from every hazard of existence is preposterous.

Survival of the fittest does require a certain amount of common sense, and "looking both ways" shouldn't be beyond the scope of most of the sighted population.

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