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Thanks...But No Thanks

by Lainie (writer), Tudor City, February 14, 2007


Last week on CNN I saw that New York State Senator Carl Kruger wants to introduce legislation to ban the use of handheld devices (i.e. iPods, Blackberries, cell phones, etc.) on city streets. He cites the danger users face as they absentmindedly listen to an iPod or talk on a cell phone and walk straight into moving traffic. He mentioned there have already been three deaths in his Brooklyn district since September and in one instant bystanders screamed, “look out” but to no avail. Kruger wants offenders to be fined $100 for this transgression. "Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Kruger stated in an interview.

It’s nice that government is thinking of us and wants to take care of us but I’d like to ask Senator Kruger just how this law would be enforced? Should I as a law abiding citizen do a choke hold on the teen listening to his iPod while walking to school, drag him down to the nearest precinct and insist that he be thrown in the clinker? Should I perform a citizens arrest on the business man making a stock trade on his cell phone and about to cross Park Avenue?

This proposed legislation reminds me of several years ago when Mayor Bloomberg outlawed the riding of bicycles on city sidewalks. And I’m sure a lot of us New Yorkers know just how well that law has been enforced. My bichon LC knows real well. Every night when I take her for her evening walk she barks madly at the same food messenger that bicycles right on our sidewalk without blinking an eye.

So I say, thank you Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Kruger for thinking of us but until you think of a better way to protect us I’ll just listen to my iTunes and look both ways before I cross.

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