NY State Senator: hang up and cross. Do you agree?

NY State Senator: hang up and cross. Do you agree?

Summary: I am usually not one to advocate governmental regulation of personal behavior.That said, I fully endorse the move of New York State Sen.


I am usually not one to advocate governmental regulation of personal behavior.

That said, I fully endorse the move of New York State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), and shown at right- to introduce legislation today banning the practice of pedestrians looking down and dealing with their iPod, cell phone, BlackBerry, etc. while in the middle of crosswalks.

Newsflash: crosswalks are dangerous places, intersection points where streams of already inattentive, TypeA drivers of 2500 lb. vehicles run the risk of hitting 125 lb. iPod junkies.

"We're talking about people walking sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out," Kruger tells WCBS.com's Lou Young."Tuned out to the world around them. They're walking into speeding cars. They're walking into buses. They're walking into one another and it's creating a number of fatalities that have been documented right here in the city." 

Not only in your city, Senator Carl. In mine-Portland, Oregon. While I don't recall any fatalities due to iPod or cell phone-driven crosswalk inattentiveness, I've seen some close calls.

I mean, punching up messages or scrolling playlists while the SUVs wait impatiently, and sometimes turn against the light.

This is one of these laws that would protect people against themselves. 

Violators would  get $100 fine.

Cheaper than an ER visit.

Or a coffin.

Do you agree?

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  • Let them suffer

    No let the idiot get hit. Darwins law will re-assert itself and start to weed out the stupid and genetically challenged. Here in California, crossing the street is a very dangerous affair. There has been a significant rise in people running red lights. Every day I see it. Pedestrians are almost flattened by the moron in the SUV on the phone or in such a hurry that the responsibility of being a safe driver has gone by the way side.

    With the massive influx of toys, yes they are TOYS, in our lives, we are losing our ability to drive, walk or do anything that requires our undivided attention. All because you (not me, I don't have an iPod a cell phone or a PDA or any other TOY to distract me from being aware of my surroundings) are so distracted with PLAYING with your TOYS, that you not only are putting yourself in danger but me as well. I don't really appreciate it at all. Ironically though when it is you on the receiving end it's wrong!

    Put the TOYS away and pay attention. Or does it take an accident? No, don't legislate it. Let the pedestrians get killed and maimed. That way the offender can also pay the price of having to live with it as well as the financial burden. There are over 6 billion people on the planet, I am sure a few morons with their TOYS won't be missed at all. Flame on! ]:)
    Linux User 147560
    • I agree . . .

      The issue here is not headphones, or volume, or anything sound-related. It's people choosing not to (or not knowing to) pay attention to what they're doing in a dangerous situation.

      If you chose to not pay attention to your own well-being, that's your own damn fault. It's not the government's job to make you pay attention to your own well being. If it was, obesity would be outlawed.

      If you didn't know you needed to pay attention, your mother didn't do a good job of raising you. While this scenario is tragic, it's not the government's job to be your mother.
  • "Freddy" Kruger is a Jerk

    This guy unfortunately is my NY State Senator and he has a rep for being a complete loud mouth jerk who's only interested in getting his name in print or face on TV. There are much more important local issues that he should be focused on, like the tearing down of single family homes to be replaced by multi-family ones that are ruining our neighborhoods, dollar vans running all over the place, lack of adequate public transportation, increased crime levels, public education issues, etc., instead of this lame headline grabbing attempt at self publicity.

    Kevin McGrath
    Old Mill Basin
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Hard to protect people from themselves, but...

    ...for every inattentive person that's been hit in the intersection, how many other accidents have been caused by vehicles swerving to avoid hitting the pedestrian, or have been rear-ended because they slammed on the brakes. Normally I don't agree with laws that protect people from themselves, this one would protect more people in the long run. Will it work? Probably not. How enforceable is it really? Can't put a cop on every corner.

    Soap box moment: As a society in general, we're way too dependent and dedicated to these devices that didn't exist a decade or two ago, and yet suddenly life can't exist without them. How many drivers themselves are guilty of firing off messages on their phones and Blackberries? How many dinners, family gatehrings, and even vacations are interrupted and even ruined by these devices? Bigger picture: How many drivers out there are just plain jerks and self centered and dangerous just because that's their personalities? As a society, we have these big problems to begin with. These devices just amplify them I think. End of soap-box moment.
  • No Government but -

    If someone with a cellphone/ipod/blackberry is the cause of such an accident, they should be the party held responsible.
    Troll Hunter
  • Just say "NO" to Big Brother.

    How about getting the dumb f[patch]s yakking on their cellphones while driving SUVs to hang up before you attempt to micromanage iPods, Senator dumba55?????
    Mr. Roboto
  • A Better Solution

    I think his proposed solution is to punish the masses, instead of punishing the criminal.

    I think a better approach would be to punish the criminal instead of the entire population.

    In this spirit, I propose they should make it illegal to get hit by a car while using an electronic device.

    Thank you,
    Tsiangkun Tzu
  • Proposal doesn't go nearly far enough!

    The senator's proposal to fine people for using electronic thingys while crossing streets does not go nearly far enough. It should be expanded to require fines for ALL stupid things people do. If such a plan were implemented, the state of New York would be rolling in dough! In fact, if this were implemented at a federal level, the entire national debt could be wiped out with the income received from politicians alone!
  • Ipods don't kill people Cars Kill People

    Ipods don't kill people, Cars Kill People. Cars should be banned from Crosswalks. Cars kill a lot more people in Crosswalks than IPODs can ever hope to. This Senator is attempting to mess with Darwin's theory and should be voted out of office.