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    Default New York may ban iPods while crossing street

    New York may ban iPods while crossing street
    Thursday, February 8th, 2007

    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 Senator 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 said he would introduce legislation 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.”

    (Source: Reuters)

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    why it doesnt surprised me? it is just the same as "dont use your cellphone while driving" when i was still working in one country in the mid-east when cellphones were 1st. introduced and since then, according to their traffic management posted in a news gazzette the number one leading caused of traffic accidents are related to a "driver using his cellphone" while crusing on a busy road.



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