Thursday, February 08, 2007

iBanned?

"A New York state Senator is proposing a law to make it illegal to walk, jog or bike across the street while using an iPod, a BlackBerry or any other electronic device.

State Senator Carl Kruger said: “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."...

The proposed ban - on iPods, mobile phones, BlackBerries, video games or other electronic devices when crossing the street - will be introduced this week, Mr Koppel said..."

Also soon to be added to Senator Kruger's list of things you shouldn't use while crossing the street: your brain.

1 comment:

JennyK said...

But if you stop to think about it for a second ...

Pedestrian is crossing street, no impairment. But, driver is impaired.

Pedestrian is impaired. But, driver is paying attention.

What about when both are impaired?

It's always the pedestrian's right of way, but after having lived in a city like Boston, I can say that drivers don't really care much or pay attention to your safety.

So, I'd rather be a little safer at the detriment of not having a soundtrack to my walk.

But, I don't know how these laws would be enforced.