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New York Senator proposes fine for ‘iPod oblivion’

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
News Categories: iPod

In an attempt to help stop pedestrian accidents, New York Senator Carl Kruger is proposing a law to ban iPods and cells phones while crossing city streets. Kruger’s legislation, which will be introduced in Albany today, will slap pedestrians with a $100 fine if they are caught crossing the street with their earbuds in—what Kruger calls iPod oblivion. “We’re talking about people walking sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out,” Kruger said. “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.”

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1

We need a way to fine people for political oblivion.

Posted by ort on February 7, 2007 at 9:33 AM (PDT)

2

i agree

Posted by justin on February 7, 2007 at 9:37 AM (PDT)

3

The scary thing is it’s crap like this that will actually pass unanimously! Let people be responsible for their own stupidity.

Posted by rg on February 7, 2007 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

4

And while we’re at it, we should also impose a much larger fine on any attractive young women who wear short skirts or low-cut blouses. They are certainly more distracting than a cell phone or an ipod. Moreover, since they can distract many people the fine should be much larger than for a cell phone that only distracts the user.

Posted by MPLB on February 7, 2007 at 9:56 AM (PDT)

5

So if you have your iPod on but are actually paying attention and cross at the walk signal, you are still a criminal who should be gouged $100? As far as I know, there are Jaywalking laws currently on the books, so why do they need this? It’s amazing how “making the public safer” always result in the government stealing more of your money.

Posted by morebinky on February 7, 2007 at 10:06 AM (PDT)

6

So does this mean that deaf and/or blind people are fined $100 if they cross the street?

Posted by TSG on February 7, 2007 at 10:06 AM (PDT)

7

Funny, when I was a kid I was taught to look both ways before crossing. I guess this is a lost art, given today’s self-centered “everyone else should be watching out for ME” mentality. As a motorist in the New York I see examples of this every day, when people just wander into a crosswalk without even taking their eyes off their own feet, causing me to slam on the brakes. And guess what, most of them don’t have a gadget hooked to their ear. Let’s outlaw rude, stupid people instead!

Posted by Laer on February 7, 2007 at 10:08 AM (PDT)

8

I think we should outlaw even the last possibility of urban society to rid itself of low-quality genes. Total degeneration cannot be stopped anyway. Let’s just embrace it. *drools*

Posted by Bad Beaver on February 7, 2007 at 10:23 AM (PDT)

9

im with laer on this one. i live in the bay area andi see it all the time. esp at CAL   how hard is it to pay attention to your surroundings…that said, i have no problem what so ever to clipping some one withmy driverside/passenger mirror, then watch them gripe because they didnt look where they were going..


if were not gonna havea world war weve gotta start weeding out people somehow…


im kidding of course.  maybe

Posted by e11f on February 7, 2007 at 10:37 AM (PDT)

10

To be honest, i think that people who die because of their own stupidity deserve it (not including children).

We need to add some chlorine to the gene pool.

Posted by K. Pilkington on February 7, 2007 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

11

Sorry, but the more stupid people we protect from themselves (at the expense of annoying every normal person, btw) just means we in fact have more stupid people around.  I would posit we need fewer stupid people.

Personal responsibility?  Never!

Posted by m. sherman on February 7, 2007 at 10:44 AM (PDT)

12

So I guess the plan would be to stop the music and pull out the buds every minute or so as you cross a street.  Does this cover regular, over-ear headphones too? 

What would he want, a return to the 80’s where people walked down the street with a boom box blasting for everyone to hear?

Posted by Dness on February 7, 2007 at 10:50 AM (PDT)

13

I’ve always thought of getting hit by a car or bus as its own punishment, personally, but hey, fine them $100 too, what do I care?

Posted by Chris on February 7, 2007 at 11:34 AM (PDT)

14

Oh come on, this law is unenforceable. What cop is going to stand around scrutinizing pedestrians?

Posted by Dan on February 7, 2007 at 11:43 AM (PDT)

15

People walking into buses while listening to iPods is called thinning the herd.

I mean do we really want people that stupid procreating?

Posted by Jason on February 7, 2007 at 11:51 AM (PDT)

16

Fining the survivors when it’s the dead, oblivious idiots who are creating the mess (but admittedly improving the gene pool). How typically bureaucratic.

But it’s a novel way of creating a new revenue stream, I’ll give them that…

Posted by flatline response on February 7, 2007 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

17

Gotta love that overbearing, nanny-state-knows-best NY politician.  Doesn’t matter which one, they’re all the same.

Don’t panic!  The government is here to help.

Posted by stark23x on February 7, 2007 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

18

This is the funniest thing I’ve heard since the last thing I heard about NYC. Oh, wait, I take it back - the last funniest thing was the Lite-Brite incident in Boston last week. My bad.

Posted by Multimoog on February 7, 2007 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

19

In my best Hall Monitor voice:

“Never fear, good citizens!  Government nannies are here to save you from yourselves!!  Put away that common sense, there’s no need for that anymore, not when government will protect you from yourself!!”
—-

So, what would happen if I happened to be walking in New York smoking while eating trans fat french fries and crossing the street with my iPod?  Is that a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” violation?  Do I get the death penalty for that?

Posted by Obadiah on February 7, 2007 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

20

Why should we be worried about a person who gets flattened in a crosswalk with his ear buds in? The fewer people in the world, the less global warming there will be. Plus, can’t you score more points for hitting an iPodestrian?

Posted by jim on February 7, 2007 at 1:17 PM (PDT)

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