New York may ban iPods while crossing street

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    timnosenzo

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    First they cell phones while driving, they ban smoking in bars & restaurants, then they ban trans-fats, now you won't be able to listen to your iPod!

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/02/07/nyc.ipod.reut/index.html

    Although truth be told, people walking around the streets of NYC while staring down at their phone texting is ****ing annoying. And people still talk on their cell phones while driving.... :rolleyes:
     
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    I forget where I read this earlier today- engadget, maybe?

    Anywho- no worries. The bill will not get passed. Even if it does, who is to say you were actually "listening" to music if you get a ticket a ticket for doing so.

    er.... that just sounds funny right there.

    Anywho- I'll believe it when I see someone actually get a ticket for jaywalking.
     
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    whooleytoo

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    Never mind calling - I know people who txt while driving.
     
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    Sure, they could be watching pr0n and yes, it's easy enough to cross against the light without seeing the police.

    Doesn't NYC have a ban on using a mobile phone while driving?

    I don't even think it matters because people cross even when there is a car coming. I'm surprised I'd never seen anyone in NYC beat on a car that came too close.
     
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    Just iPods or mp3 players in general?:confused:? It's confusing cuz it's like saying Kleenex and Q-Tip instead of tissue and cotton swab.

    Anyways, It's smart and I agree with 'em. They're just saying that if they see you thumbing through your mp3, cell, psp...etc. while crossing the street, they'll fine you. I don't understand the backlash. They're not banning the devices all together while you walk, just while street crossing. It's all about safety.

    Peace. :apple:
     
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    NY lawmaker hopes to ban iPod use in Crosswalks

    Cnet Link

    Big Brother is at it again!
     
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    Teh Don Ditty

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    I don't know how people can be so stupid. By attention when crossing said street!
     
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    thedude110

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    Exactly. I wonder how the "hit by car" figures compare to historical "hit by car" figures?

    Maybe we need to start banning legislators.
     
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    I personally think this bill is stupid. If people want to take the risk of getting run over listening to their earphones or playing their handheld video games that's their problem. I don't need the government treating adults like they're children. It's one thing to ban talking on a cell phone while DRIVING - operating a motor vehicle, but it's something totally different when you're just walking and all you want to do is to listen to some songs.
     
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    Teh Don Ditty

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    Us New Yorkers don't stop for people.
     
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    It should be anything, including books and magazines but I'm sure they're using "iPod" like "Walkman" that included all sorts of cassette players.
     
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    laws like this are dumb, if you use your ipod reasonably(with the volume low so you can hear your surroundings) its safe to walk across the street with the earbuds in. I mean its your fault if you have the ipod blasting so loud you are oblivous of cars coming. You cant prevent bad things happening from just passing laws preventing it. Soon we will have to wear helmets walking across the street.
     
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    Very well put. But it does put drivers at risk trying to avoid the idiots who are that clueless to their surroundings.
     
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    Well here, the driver is rarely charged if the pedestrian gets whacked outside a crosswalk -- they just have to stop.

    So we are rather iPod friendly to the drivers now. :p
     
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    So what if the guy was deaf instead? I think deaf people should be banned from crossing the street. :rolleyes: If a blind person can cross a street without getting plastered by a bus, some idiot with an iPod has no excuse for getting killed (other than being an idiot).

    Yeah, from things like space alien invasions and terrorism, but not from trying to win a Darwin award.
     
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    I'd really like to see them try to enforce it...
     
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    Martin C

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    I live in NYC, and I know that this will never get passed and if it does, poorly enforced.
     
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    Deaf people have no choice, though people with electronic devices do and blind people generally have a service dog to keep them out of danger.

    Probably but they don't come here often. ;)

    I have a better suggestion but I don't want to turn this too political.
     
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    Ooh! PM it to me! For some reason, I find all New Yorkers' political ideas rather funny...
     
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    Or you could just look both ways before crossing the street...?

    Or.. use a crossing! If someone runs a red and mows you down, then thats their fault for running the red light, not yours.

    If you're crossing where there isn't a crossing, then looking both ways should be common sense to anyone.

    But then again, I guess sense really isn't that common..
     
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    It's just not american.







    :p
     
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    but not cd players! or zunes or any other non-ipod lol
     
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    Father Jack

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    I like nothing more than listening to my iPod, but crossing a busy road while listening to music is not the best idea. A few people using iPods have walked out in front of me while I was driving, thankfully none of them have been injured.


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    iPods are iPods. People can still look both ways before crossing the road.

    Maybe people should be fined for walking across the street without looking both ways. Maybe people should be fined for listening to music in a car.
     

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