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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Ban Proposed on Listening to an iPod While Crossing the Street

The slippery slope of limiting individual choice in the name of public health and safety started to avalanche today with the announcement that a New York legislator is introducing legislation to ban using an iPod or cellphone while crossing the street.
A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street in either New York City or Buffalo.

NewsChannel 4 reported that Sen. Carl Kruger is proposing the ban in response to two recent pedestrian deaths in his district, including a 23-year-old man who was struck and killed last month while listening to his iPod on Avenue T and East 71st Street In Bergen Beach.

"While people are tuning into their iPods and cell phones, they're tuning out the world around them," Kruger said. The proposed law would make talking on cell phones while crossing the street a comparable offense to jaywalking

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