New York City Politician Wants iPod Users To Stop Walking And Rocking

kruger.jpgIf Brooklyn senator Carl Kruger (pictured here, clearly while doing “the robot”) gets his way, on-the-go New Yorkers will have to stop playing with their iPods, and start talking to one another. From WNBC:

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.

We don’t think Kruger will get too far with this: After all, it’s easy enough to introduce legislation (we do it every few days or so, on a lark), but it’s much harder to get to push it through the famously combative New York State Legislature–especially when residents start whining about how they have the right to jaywalk with their Jayhawks. That said, we’re willing to get behind the ban if it’s extended into movie theaters, clubs, restaurants, libraries, small-scale armories, adults-only aquariums, and petting zoos. Anything to get a few more assholes off the streets.

Ban Proposed On Walking While Talking, Listening To iPod []
Carl Kruger [27th District site]

  • Chris Molanphy

    “You certainly haven’t been smoking in a bar in California – because you can’t! Yes … no smoking in bars, and soon no drinking, and no talking.” -Eddie Izzard

  • Ned Raggett

    Events have proven him wrong.

  • ottoreimer

    “They’re tuning out the world around them,” Kruger said.

    So are we gonna fine all the deaf and blind who don’t watch or listen while in the crosswalks as well?

  • beta.rogan

    I find it is easy enough to get hit by a car here in NYC with or without hearing obstructions. It’s my right to get run down by a bus should I choose to go that way.

    I would rather they ban sleeping and nodding out in movie theaters…

  • eastvillageidiot

    If I can’t listen to my iPod in the crosswalk, you can’t listen to the radio in your car.

  • royal72

    dumbass gets whacked by bus, because he didn’t pay attention like his momma told him when crossing the street. where’s the problem?

  • Moff

    Well, it all sounds completely sensible, and at least it would be really easy to enforce.

  • schvitzatura

    Senator Wallace Shawn?


  • Flashman

    Right on Senator!
    There’s nothing that pisses me off more than when I’m riding along the sidewalk and some bozo can’t hear me coming to get the fuck out of the way.

  • lucasg

    i heard that once they apprehend someone for this, they will be loaded on to a box car with other offenders and shipped off to ‘labor camps’ with the smokers.

    this is the final solution we need to the transistor radio problem started in 1954, and even worse the contamination of our great society by walkman owners running rampant since the late 70′s.

  • quieterhue

    Yes, because jaywalking is so well enforced in this city.

  • MTS

    Sneakers? Psh, its those pesky shoelaces that are bringing down innocent New Yorkers.

  • MC

    What if you agree to wear a helmet?

  • The Mozfather

    I love the science behind this: two people were hit while listening to ipods; ergo, ipods are unsafe while walking across the street. It’s like saying, “Two people last week were hit crossing the street while wearing sneakers; ergo, sneakers should be banned.” It’s a correlation, not a causal link!