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Ny Bill To Ban Listening To Ipod While Crossing Street
02-08-2007, 05:54 AM,
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Ny Bill To Ban Listening To Ipod While Crossing Street
NY law would ban iPod listening, phone calls when crossing street

ALBANY, N.Y. -- You could get clipped $100 for walking, jogging or cycling across a New York street with an iPod plugged into your ears under a new law proposed by a state senator from Brooklyn.

That's better than getting clipped by a city bus, like a 21-year-old man who was listening to music when he stepped off the curb at the busy intersection of Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue and was killed Sept. 1, says Sen. Carl Kruger. The Democrat points to another incident in his district: A 23-year-old iPod listener killed in Bergen Beach Jan. 11.

"You should pull it out of your ear for the three seconds or four seconds that it takes you to cross," said Jason Koppel, Kruger's chief of staff. "Even if you have a light ... you could have a fire engine coming and you wouldn't hear it."

The legislation will be introduced this week, Koppel said Wednesday. He wasn't aware of any other state or city that has adopted a similar ban, but he said it's a growing issue.

Violators in New York would get a court summons with a penalty of $100.

Charlotte Troisgros, 16, a Manhattan student talking on her cell phone in a crosswalk near City Hallon Wednesday, laughed and said the law may not be such a bad idea. "You really don't pay attention. You might get hit by a car," she said.

Restaurateur Cordell Lochin was talking on his cell phone as he crossed a city street. He said any law should be backed by research and not just enacted to raise revenue from tickets. "Laws are made to protect people. If they are going to protect people, it makes sense," he said.

So-called "iPod oblivion" is on the radar in San Diego, where people have been warned it makes them easier prey for muggers, according to Kruger.

In November, New York City officials unveiled new automatic timers at five intersections _ one in each of the five boroughs _ to see if they boost safety and should be extended to the more than 100,000 city traffic signals. They count down the seconds before the light changes. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there were 156 pedestrian deaths in each of the last two years _ the lowest number since 1910.

Under current state traffic law, both motorists and pedestrians are required to obey traffic signals. Cars have to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks with no signal. Pedestrians have to yield to cars on roadways outside of marked crosswalks.

There are some fine points about turning.

At traffic lights, motorists have to yield to crosswalk pedestrians even when drivers have a green right-turn arrow. It's the same when a driver stops at a red light and turns right.

However, the law requires pedestrians to obey signals and to avoid stepping suddenly into crosswalks right in front of turning cars. ___

Associated Press writer Adam Goldman in New York City contributed to this report.

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Gee! How in the FUCK DID PEOPLE SURVIVE THE PAST QUARTER CENTURY WIHTOUT A LAW TO PROTECT THEM FROM THEMSELFS?!?!?!

AHHHHHHH!! Is it still ok to walk and chew gum at the same time?!?!
Do you really think your a higher form of life? You...With your dripping jaws, and your bloodshot eyes. You...With your varicosities and your vermin for an appendix. You...with your hemroids and assterioids. Often I wake up at night and ponder these matters. And then I feel very strongly that I should talk them over with Brother Theodore...and then, and then I wake up fully and remember that I am Brother Theodore. And my heart aches. And my tears flow. And I see my Aunt Marie floating in the chicken soup...more dead than alive...more naked than not. And oh, now I see a mailman, a mailman giving birth to a dog of all things!

Never a moments peace, never a moments peace...never a moments peace.
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