A proposed law has the bloggers and iPod users agitated. Senator Carl Kruger’s bill proposes that anyone using an iPod or similar music player, Blackberry or mobile phones, portable game players or any electronic gadget of the like at crosswalks should be fined $100. The senator says that this bill was triggered by the death of three pedestrians after they stepped off the curb without checking the street since they were distracted by their portable entertainment gadget.
While everyone agrees that the senator has good intentions, many feel that his bill should not become law. Can you imagine the police trying to stop every person who uses one of the mentioned devices? It is a law that punishes the many because a few do not use common sense.
Rather than make this a law, Michael Rose of New York, who blogs at Tuaw.com, the Unofficial Apple Blog, suggests that they put together a targeted PR campaign to remind users of these gadgets to “‘Turn down & tune in’ while navigating the mean streets”. Other bloggers point out that pedestrians have right of way no matter what, whether they are using any of the types of gadgets listed above or not.