Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Also illegal: walking and chewing gum

Nanny state alert:

In New York, a bill is pending in the legislature’s transportation committee that would ban the use of mobile phones, iPods or other electronic devices while crossing streets — runners and other exercisers included. Legislation pending in Oregon would restrict bicyclists from using mobile phones and music players, and a Virginia bill would keep such riders from using a “hand-held communication device.”

Yes. The reason people get hit while walking across streets is because they're distracted by music. That's probably true of some accidents, though these are most likely idiots who will do something stupid regardless. But drivers driving like assholes, blasting through yellow (and red) lights, making right turns without looking, and generally acting like pedestrians have no place on the roads probably has more to do with it. Or as Stephen Smith put it: "Unfortunately for us pedestrians, there are very few limited access, grade-separated walkways, so in essence this would criminalize listening to an iPod while walking."

Any time cars and alternative forms of transportation are in conflict, it's always the other guy at fault, never cars or drivers.

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