Tarry for the Nonce

February 7, 2007

Keep the Music in You

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 5:19 pm

Having just been gifted with an iPod, I was intrigued by New York City’s proposed ban on pedestrians with electronic gadgets

State Sen. Carl Kruger’s bill, scheduled to be introduced Wednesday, would actually ban the use of any electronic device in a crosswalk. So besides iPod users, the proposal would also target people talking on mobile phones, checking email on their Blackberries or playing videogames on a portable console.

Kruger justifies the ban by stating that “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.”

An endemic public safety crisis? Golly, senator, don’t you think you might be overreacting just a smidge? I would hazard a guess – heck, I would even wager – that literally thousands of gadgeted New Yorkers cross the street every day without incident . . . because they exercise due caution, as adults are wont to do.

I land squarely on the side of the objectors to the proposed ban. Certainly I think that responsible pedestrians should not be texting and surfing while bopping nonchalantly across a busy causeway – especially in New York City – but I don’t think it’s up to the city to strong-arm a lockstep citizenry through legislation. If someone is injured in their self-imposed oblivion, it’s tragic, but – on the plus side – it’s almost a necessary deletion from the gene pool.

The government will never be able to protect dolts from their own devices. It’s absurd to restrict the rest of us.



  1. Wouldn’t it be simpler to indemnify any driver who hits a pedestrian while the latter is (1) crossing against the light and (2) using one of those oh-so-terrible iPods?

    Comment by Toly — February 7, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  2. Hmm, no. The pedestrian has the right of way, in case you forgot your driver’s ed (apparently alot of people forget this)…

    So NY is ban-happy, eh? They get away with banning smoking in restaurants, now there’s some freak in government who wants to ban the use of electronic devices? The world has lost its mind… welcome to hell, have a nice day.

    Whatever happened to the pursuit of happiness? Or how about We The People…?

    Comment by Andrew P. — February 8, 2007 @ 1:24 am

  3. I think if someone runs out, in between cars, the driver that strikes them isn’t held accountable.

    Heck, I’ve been in downtown Chicago and seen people run into the intersection after opposing traffic has been given the green light.

    Culling the herd, indeed.

    Comment by Howard R — February 8, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

  4. Howard…whenever I see your name I can’t help but think of Howard the Duck and twisted Playduck muppet porn mags.

    Comment by Andrew P. — February 9, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  5. Well, I certainly can’t be held responsible for that.

    Comment by Howard R — February 10, 2007 @ 8:34 am

  6. Yes, Howard, you are correct. I blame Lucas’ failed attempt at something other than Star Wars, and the fact that I was pretty young when I saw it. Although, it did help teach me how to judge crappy movies.

    Comment by Andrew P. — February 11, 2007 @ 10:40 am

  7. Meow.
    Are you in a mood Mr. P?
    Not that I am defending Lucas. The man’s a dolt.

    Comment by Alistair A. — February 12, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

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