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Attack of the Killer iPods!

2/7/2007 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

iPodIf a proposed bill passes in New York, you won't see pedestrians in Manhattan bopping along to their iPods.

State Sen. Carl Kruger is planning to introduce legislation to ban the use of gadgets -- iPods, Blackberrys, cell phones, etc. -- while crossing city streets. Careful Sen. Kruger, you don't want to cross Steve Jobs!

"We're talking about people walking, sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out," Kruger told WCBS-TV in New York. "They're walking into speeding cars. They're walking into buses. They're walking into one another and it's creating a number of fatalities that have been documented right here in the city."

Kruger's bill calls for a $100 fine, and would apply only to big cities in New York state, which already has a law banning the use of cell phones while driving, unless a hands-free device is used.


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Like they can enforce this. Stupid.

2813 days ago

Ms. Scarlet    

If a person is stupid enough to walk in traffic without looking, they deserve to die. This is a stupid, un-inforceable ban that would never work for the city of ny. It's the only thing us New Yorkers have to drown out the sound of the car horns.

2813 days ago

Stevie Wonder    

You better not talk while walking or the police will throw you in jail. How stupid is this?

2813 days ago


I'm with comment number one on that one. Seriously, if you can't walk and listen to an ipod safely, you shouldn't be allowed out in public.

How about someone proposing a bill that fines stupidity in all circumstances, it would be about as easy to enforce as this one, and there would be MANY more opportunities to collect fines.

I think our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves on this one....

2813 days ago

Agrivated Citizen    

This has got to be one of the worst pieces of legislation I've ever heard of. The legislators need to stop wasting our tax dollars on meaningless crap like this.

2813 days ago


I dont support banning the ipod etc. but just wanted to point out, that when a person walks into traffic and they "deserve to die" you must remember that there is 2 parties to every collision. Did the person who hit him/her deserve that?

banning is not the answer, there are other solutions.. but they dont deserve to die heh, people make mistakes.. and if you dont hear something.. how can you avoid it? what is someone is backing up into you? unless you have eyes in the back of your head... or can hear them, you may be an innocent victim..

accidents do happen, and its too "simple minded" to just blame the victim of the accident and try to pretend the problem dont exist...

2813 days ago


This bill is useless and just wrong. The process is called "Natural Selection". I think more people should walk around with gadgets. Give it some time and things will work themselves out. In the mean time, just pay attention. It really isn't that hard.

2813 days ago


Great...another law to protect people from themselves.....

2813 days ago

Kyle Lorinos    

Kruger, you sir, are a failure. Stop wasting our time with your futility and learn how to be productive before you make your presence known again. Kruger might as well suggest a ban that would fine the deaf and blind for attempting to cross the street. And what about all the tourists who walk around Manhattan having no idea how to move along in a crowd or even cross the street. They block street corners forcing others off of the sidewalk and into traffic. Why don't we just ban tourists from crowded areas all together. I'm sure I could half-wittedly cite fatalities caused by retarded tourists just as Kruger half-wittedly opened his mouth thinking he had something worthwhile to say.

2813 days ago


I felt warm inside when I read this article. What a caring gesture. To put thought and effort into this project to bring the legislation forward shows commitment to thigh fellow human.

Let’s just admit that it is dangerous moving around a busy cityscape, wired. Yes, enjoy whilst riding the tram, bus etc but not on the hoof.

It is also an example of antisocial behaviour, which if continues unchecked, leads us down a downward spiral. Perhaps if folk listened to the world they moved around in they may even decide to improve their environment as opposed to ending their time foolishly dead.

2813 days ago


Everyone say Darwin!

2813 days ago


ahh yes, the liberal democrats of New York. HEIL HITLER.

2813 days ago


What is next, I can't wear heels above 3 inches because it may be dangerous when I walk across the street, I have to look straight forward when walking down the street so I won't fall, I can't hold a coversation with a freind while walking downt he street? I mean DAMN what happened to people's basic rights.

2813 days ago


How condescending is that? He is basically calling NYer's idiots and penalizing an entire state because of a few stupid people that can't walk and chew gum at the same time let alone listen to their iPods while crossing the street. The streets of NY are busy. You would have to be a moron not to notice that everyone else is waiting at the curb. Why punish everybody? What a waste of taxpayers money.

2813 days ago


This is a dangerous law because it will be selectively enforced. In other words, it's a tool of harassment.

2813 days ago
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