First California tries to ban incandescent light bulbs and now a New York legislator is trying to ban iPods. What on earth is this world coming to?
According to this article, NY State Senator Carl Kruger has introduced a bill that would make it a crime — punishable by a $100 fine — to be using an iPod while crossing the street. Apparently, Sen. Kruger was spurred by three deaths in his Brooklyn district — of people ostensibly killed while listening to iPods. Says Kruger, “They are walking into speeding cars. They are walking into buses. They are walking into one another.” Yes, we suppose they are. (Anybody here have a teenager…?)
Once again, this is funny, but it makes a larger point about the creeping nanny state. Little by little, we are losing any vestige of a sense of personal responsibility. Is it too much to expect that people will take responsibility for their own actions and not step out in front of speeding cars while wearing an iPod? What’s next, daydreaming? Look for future iPods to come with a ‘Wacky Warning Label” saying, “Do Not Step Out In Front of Speeding Vehicles While Listening.”
We’ll keep using our iPods if it’s all the same to you, and would urge you to do the same. But please, remember what your mother told you: Look both ways before crossing, OK?
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