I don't happen to think that it's the government's job to protect us from ourselves. Here's the latest--New York State Senator Carl Kruger will be introducing legislation banning the use of such 'gadgets' as Blackberry devices, iPods, and video games when crossing the streets of New York. He sites the fact that three people in his district have been killed since September while distracted by the devices. He indicated they are walking into buses and autos
It's been a long time since I visited NY, however, it was never safe to step from a curb there. It's hard to believe that the use of an electronic device is 'taking out' people who would otherwise be safe in the wilds of the city--especially given their diverted attention.
The proposed punishment: A $100 ticket. Although I am certainly not making light of the fatalities--it's terrible. But how on earth is this going to be policed? Aren't there still muggings going on in the city? Will teens be fined the full $100? Is this just happening in NY? How about San Francisco, Chicago, Miami? What about internationally? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you think should be done about this? Is legislation a reasonable approach?