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    Default New York may ban iPods while crossing street

    New York may ban iPods while crossing street
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    Three pedestrians in Brooklyn killed stepping into traffic
    New York senator: We have a major public safety crisis

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- 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 Sen. 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 says he will introduce legislation on Wednesday 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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    "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."
    Isn't this just natural selection? Thinning of the herds?
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    That's what I think. Survival of the fittest.
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    I'm much more concerned with the people in the cars using those devices.

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    Good. They should ban voices in people's heads too. I find that even more annoying, and in the city I live, people talk to themselves quite frequently.

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    I guess Al Qaeda got tired of blowing up buildings in New York and have instead decided the best way to destroy the city by getting elected to the city councel.

    BTW, it's nice to see that all other problems in New York have all been take care of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post

    BTW, it's nice to see that all other problems in New York have all been take care of.
    amen to that! cause we finally got everything else under control...

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    Not much of a free country anymore is it?

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    I call it "culling the herd" or "filtering the shallow end of the gene pool." DUH!!!
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    You can't regulate natural selection.

    If you're so stupid as to walk into the street without looking both ways, something you should have learned when you were four, then you deserve to become jelly under truck tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    You can't regulate natural selection.

    If you're so stupid as to walk into the street without looking both ways, something you should have learned when you were four, then you deserve to become jelly under truck tires.
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    Amazing that we have to pass laws to try to stop people from being stupid, like that will ever happen.

    We had a good snow on Tuesday, I'm two cars behind someone who is very obviously scared to death to drive. She keeps putting on the brake, on an overpass no less, even though she is only going maybe 5 mph and there is nothing in front of her. She finally gets to where she can get over to get off the freeway and I'm thinking, "Good, she's scared, she knows her limits". What is she doing when I'm going by her? Oh yeah, she is trying to dial her cell phone. You just can't stop stupid.

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