NY to ban electronics while crossing the street...

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NY to ban electronics while crossing the street...

Post by YYZ30 » Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:49 pm

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.

"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."

Whats the problem? They had this back in the caveman days, its called natural selection- the stupid ones get killed and the smart ones live on!

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Post by awip2062 » Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:54 pm

"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Kruger said in a telephone interview from Albany, the state capital.
Government has a vested interest in not enablilng its citizenry to be idiots and mindless.

I don't want laws that are equivalent to We-have-to-tell-you-what-you-may-and-may-not-do-or-you-will-harm-yourself

If I do something stupid and kill myself, my fault. I deserve it.
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Post by schuette » Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:06 pm

I agree...I am getting pissed off with this nanny state
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Post by Kares4Rush » Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:29 pm

More idiocy for the lawmakers. :x Sheesh! :roll:
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Re: NY to ban electronics while crossing the street...

Post by Me » Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:47 pm

YYZ30 wrote:Whats the problem? They had this back in the caveman days, its called natural selection- the stupid ones get killed and the smart ones live on![/
:-D
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Post by zepboy » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:35 pm

If the gov't has its way, there will be no more Darwin Awards!

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Post by Kares4Rush » Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:47 am

zepboy wrote:If the gov't has its way, there will be no more Darwin Awards!
Awww! I'd miss those! They're so much fun! :( :evil:

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Post by CygnusX1 » Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:51 am

zepboy wrote:If the gov't has its way, there will be no more Darwin Awards!
As long as there are stupid people existing in the gene pool, there will be Darwin Awards. LOL

My favorite was the "Lawn-Chair Astronaut."

The .22 cal bullet "car fuse" was good too. Geez.
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Post by Xanadu » Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:35 am

LOL Yeah the hell with stupid people...maybe us smart people would like to listen to our CDs uninterrupted while crossing the street after looking both ways but I guess that will be a thing of the past...stupid cops will be stalking and run to the scene when an intelligent person looks both ways and give them a ticket for listening to music because they might not have been paying attention (even thought were and they looked) :roll:
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