$100 Fine For Listening To Your Ipod?

New York State Sen. Carl Kruger wants to ban the use of electronic gadgets 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.”

Since September, 3 people have been killed by stepping into traffic while using an electronic device.  Brooklyn has a population of about 2.5 million people, meaning that in the past 6 months 0.00012% (or .00024% of the population per year) are dying because of their own aloofness.

Do we really need to protect people from themselves by fining them $100 for crossing the street while listening to their music?  How do we determine if they simply muted their iPod so they wouldn’t have to remove their headphones?

I don’t know how many resources they will be devoting to this, but surely there are more effective ways to save lives.

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