iPod and Cell Phone Ban in NYC?!?

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From the department of “Don’t you have some ACTUAL crime to stop” comes this proposed bill to fine people $100 for crossing a major New York intersection while using a portable electronic device. This from the city that can’t even seem to combat jay-walking–right, sure. I’m just as frustrated as the next person by those oblivious morons who can’t seem to talk on the phone/listen to music and function at the same time (dubbed “iPod Oblivion”–heh!), by why punish those of us that actually have an IQ high enough to allow us to walk, chew gum and listen to music at the same time? In fact, sometimes these distractions are the only things that make walking the street a tolerable experience. I say we let Darwin sort out the ones that can’t handle this type of multi-tasking. This is a flat-out ridiculous proposal–what the hell is with the banning blitz going on in NYC right now?

Bill Banning iPods in Crosswalks slated for Albany [wCBStv via Gizmodo]

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4 Comments so far

  1. J$ (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    NOOooooooooooo. let’s ban lawyers from making our laws. it’s all about preventing future lawsuits i would guess. if someone now crosses a street grooving out to right said fred on their nano and gets whacked by a city bus, they can’t bring their too sexy body to court to sue the city.


  2. Eric (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Ack. Is it possible that our legislators could get any more ridiculous?


  3. jaime (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    It wouldnt surprise me if they passed this law and only enforced it when they needed money.


  4. ac bookie (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    I read today that these tickets equal a mandatory court appearance. IMO, the time is more costly than the $100 fine.



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