New York is considering to ban using cell phones while crossing streets
If you happen to live in the great state of New York, you might one day see a ban on using a cell phone and other devices while simply walking and crossing a street. Seems innocent enough you think? Well, it doesn't appear to be anything except tragic after one pedestrian listening to their iPod was killed as he crossed a street in New York City. This fatal accident, along with other similar events littered across the city, have spurred a movement in getting a law in place that'll ban pedestrians from using connected devices while crossing streets.
Senator Karl Kruger is one of the high profiled politicians who are moving forward in having a law enacted that would fine pedestrians $100 if they're caught texting on their cell phones while walking. Additionally, it would even apply to someone browsing through their music collection on their MP3 player as they cross the street. Obviously, some can become engrossed in what they're doing and forget that a moving vehicle is on a collision course with them.
Naturally, if the law is passed, it would not only fine those who are blatantly guilty, but it can curb this disturbing trend as well. However, there will of course be others out there opposed to it due to the fact that it can be rather difficult in proving whether or not someone actually broke the law.
source: CBS News
1. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Is it just me, or does this seem wrong to anyone else? A fine for crossing the street while listening to music? For reading an email? For texting a loved one, a boss? Are they going to tell us how, when, and what to think next? Thanks, Big Brother. You are the best.
2. TheOtherGuy (unregistered)
Your welcome Little brother.
3. box (unregistered)
If there were a way to ban stupidity & lack of common sense, they'd do it; this is the next best thing. People don't pay attention & are so engrossed in their own little world they're not aware that it could impact (or be impacted by, even literally) someone else's. So there has to be a law for it. Looking at it from a driver's perspective, it's great, because if some fool walks in front of my car while I'm driving down a street because they're engrossed in their whatever, it'd be my fault if I hit them; this way, they have a share of the responsibility for their stupidity & lack of sense.
11. downphoenix (Posts: 2301; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I say let god sort 'em out. Im all for laws preventing people texting and driving, but this is just ridiculous, turning the police into tax collectors.
4. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)
Darwin. Let them get hit by cars.
you should always have control of your car. if someone is WALKING and u hit them it should always b your fault. if they run into the street they deserve to get hit.
stop protecting blantant stupidy america.
5. Freedom (unregistered)
Are you serious? What ever happened to the "home of the free"? The more and more laws like this gets passed the more our liberty is taken away. This is completely bizzare, dont fine people for texting and walking, fine them for being complete IDIOTS and MORONS. If you dont know about looking both ways while crossing a street you deserve to get hit then. I am completely aware of my surroundings no matter how concentrated I am while in the phone or ipod. People are complete idiots.
6. Kevin (unregistered)
I live in NY and this is not happening within the next few years.
This is only in effect because some douchebag in the higher up hit a pedestrian while they were crossing and happened to be using a gadget. If you actually live in NY, you would know everyone driving is trying to avoid a lawsuit.
So how would you cover it up? Blow it out of proportion and make it the pedestrian's fault.
7. LOL (unregistered)
I want to follow that Douche-bag politician around, and his wife and his kids and shoot video of the entire Douche-bag family talking on the phone while they cross streets, drive a car and pick snot from their noses. Snot-picking and texting is dangerous too.
8. Darwanism (unregistered)
I would just call this Natural selection at work. Obviously he was too dumb to watch traffic,don't need his genes polluting the gene pool anyway.
9. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)
12. freedom (unregistered)
10. ZzFDKzZ (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Yes please. I live in NYC and I seen tons of people crossing streets while texting with out looking for incoming cars. Heck even during green lights.
13. freedom (unregistered)
Hey sneezing while walking should be illegal too! How many time have you seen someone sneeze multiple timesall in one shot. Especially the kind where you cant open your eyes for a good 3 long seconds. Damn make it illegal while driving too, I've had that happen to me behind the wheel.
14. phone guru (unregistered)
I can see it now...cameras mounted at each intersection just like trafic cams. They take your picture and retreive your cell phone information. Three days later you get a ticket in the mail.
17. downphoenix (Posts: 2301; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
maybe they will do carrier billing. I can't wait to do billing disputes with my customers for this /sarcasm
15. Darwinism (unregistered)
What happened to allow good old fashioned Darwinism happen?
If you are too inept to be aware of your surroundings then perhaps getting hit by a vehicle will be enough of a wake up call for you. And if not...Darwinism.
This concept can also be applied to illicit drug use.
16. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
How the heck did Darwin get involved. He wrote fairy tales. I'm not a monkey!
On another note, this law maker should get out more and meet real people. He doesn't understand how us regular folks function. Kick him out!
18. Immature (unregistered)
ur right. modern science and evidence is all wrong. ur 2000 year old book written by camel fuckers is right. get a grip