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.