Illegal to Cross the Street on Your Phone?

New York State Sen. Carl Kruger is proposing a ban on pedestrians using electronic devices, such as cell phones, Blackberries and iPods, while crossing a street. Since September, three pedestrians have been killed in his Brooklyn district while distracted by electronic devices. One walked into the path of a bus as other pedestrians shouted warnings that weren't heard over the din of his music. What would be the effectiveness of such a law, even with the $100 fine proposed? Having police chase down these offenders instead of going after other law violators seems silly. This law has no chance of success and I can't even believe that we pay our lawmakers to think of stupid ideas like this. Read more.

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